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Physics 1 Exam 1 Study Guide

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Physics 1 Exam 1 Study Guide PHYS1301

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Intro General Physics I
Rene Bellwied
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Date Created: 09/30/16
Physics 1 Exam 1 Review Chapter 1 Introduction to Physics - Units of length, mass, and time - length= meters (m) - mass= kilogram (kg) - time= seconds (s) - Dimensional analysis- any valid physical formula must be dimensionally consistent, each term has the same dimension - Ex: distance= velocity x time - velocity= acceleration x time - energy= mass x (velocity)^2 - Dimensional consistent- each term in the equation must have the same dimensions - Ex: Correct (apples + apples), (time + time) - Ex: Incorrect (apples + oranges), (time + distance) - Significant figures- defining the number of digits that are known with certainty - Adding/Subtracting: count how many number of sig figs are present after the decimal, the lowest sig fig is used in the final answer - Ex: 2.987+2.8= 5.787 The lowest number of sig figs present after the decimal point is 1 in 2.8 compared to 3 in 2.987 so the final answer should only have 1 sig fig after the decimal point.Answer= 5.8 - Ex: 8.012-8.9808=-0.9688 The lowest number of sig figs present after the decimal point is 3 in 8.012 compared to 4 in 8.9808 so the final answer should only have 3 sig figs after the decimal point.Answer= -0.969 - Multiplying/Dividing: count the total number of sig fits present and the lowest sig fig is used in the final answer - Ex: 2.98x9.203=27.424 The lowest number of sig figs present 3 in 2.98 compared to 4 in 9.203 so the final answer should only have 3 sig figs after the decimal point.Answer= 27.4 - Ex: 4.00/6.1= 0.6557 The lowest number of sig figs present 2 in 6.1 compared to 3 in 4.00 so the final answer should only have 2 sig figs after the decimal point. Answer= 0.66 - When calculating multiple steps, always keep an extra digit and ROUND IN THE FINAL STEP - Ex: (3.00-1.4832)x3.1= 1. 3.00-1.4832=1.516 2. 1.516x3.1=4.699 Round in final step soAnswer has to have 2 sig figs: 4.7 - Scalar- number value with units, it can be negative, positive or zero, does not have a direction - ex: temperature, speed or magnitude - Vector- number value with units and a direction; in other words quantity magnitude and direction - ex: velocity - | velocity | = speed/magnitude Chapter 2 One - Dimensional Kinematics - Coordinate system- a diagram that defines the position and the motion of a particle - Distance = total length traveled; units: meters (m) - Displacement (meters) = change in position = final position - initial position - Δx = xf- xi - Average speed= distance / elapsed time units: meters/sec (m/s) - Avg. speed = distance/Δt - Average velocity= displacement / elapsed time units: meters/sec (m/s) - Avg. velocity =Δvelocity /Δt - Instantaneous velocity- velocity at an instant time - When velocity is constant, the average velocity over any time interval is equal to the instantaneous velocity at any time - - Instantaneous speed- the magnitude of the instantaneous velocity, remember | velocity | = speed/magnitude - Acceleration- rate of change of velocity with time - Acceleration = velocity / time units: m/s^2 - Avg.Acceleration =Δv /Δt units: m/s^2 - InstantaneousAcceleration- acceleration at that moment - When acceleration is constant, the instantaneous and average accelerations are the same - Acceleration and Velocity can be either positive or negative - Deceleration- an object whose speed is decreasing is said to be decelerating; occurs when velocity and acceleration have opposite signs - When velocity and acceleration of an object have the same sign, the speed of the object increases - When velocity and acceleration of an object have the opposite sign, the speed of the object decreases - Constant acceleration- same acceleration at every instant of time - When acceleration is constant, the instantaneous acceleration is equal to the average acceleration - Velocity as a function of time v = v0 + at - Position as a function of time x = x0 + 1/2(v0 + v)t - Position as a function of time x = x0 + v0t + ½at^2 - Velocity in terms of displacement v^2 = v0^2 + 2a(Δx) - Average VelocityAvg. v = ̅(v + v0) - Free fall - the motion of an object falling freely under the influence of gravity; means free from any effects other than gravity - It is free fall when an object is released, whether it is dropped from rest, thrown downward, or thrown upward - Galileo showed that objects of different weight fall with the same constant acceleration in absence of air resistance - Gravitational acceleration = g = 9.81m/s^2 - Positive upward direction a = -g - Negative downward direction a = +g - Special circumstances whether x = 0 and positive is downward then the following formulas can apply: - x = 1/2 gt^2 - v = (2gx)^(1/2) Chapter 3 Vectors in Physics - Scalar components of a vector (V) are Vx and Vy - I’m using V as the vector - To calculate Vx = Vcosθ - To calculate Vy = Vsinθ - V = Vx^2 + Vy^2 - V= (initial v)t - To find the angle given both rx and ry: - θ = sin ^-1(Vy/V) - θ = cos ^-1(Vx/V) - θ = tan ^-1(Vy/Vx) - To determine sign of x and y components: - Start at the tail of vector and move along the x axis toward the right angle, if you are moving in the x axis positive direction, then x component is positive. If you are moving in the x axis negative direction, then x component is negative. - Start at the tail of vector and move along the y axis toward the tip of the arrow, if you are moving in the y axis positive direction, then y component is positive. If you are moving in the y axis negative direction, then y component is negative. - When calculating angles consider in which quadrant the direction of angle is in: - Quadrant 1: θ - Quadrant 2: -θ +180 - Quadrant 3: θ +180 - Quadrant 4: -θ +180 - Remember θ can be calculated using sin, cos, or tan given x and y components, and the vector - Given angle between vector and y axis, angle is called θ’: - θ+ θ’= 90 therefore 90-θ = θ’ - Vx = Vsin θ’ - Vy = Vcos θ’ - Adding vectors: simply add - Cx =Ax + Bx - Cy =Ay + By - C^2 = Cx^2 + Cy^2 - Subtracting vectors: minus sign comes from a negative x or y component meaning the component is pointing in the opposite direction - Cx =Ax + (-Bx) - Cy =Ay + (-By) - Unit vectors- x and ŷ are defined to be dimensionless vectors of unit magnitude pointing in the positive x and y directions; these are used to specify directions only - Vector addition C=A+B= (Ax+Bx) x + (Ay+By) ŷ - Vector subtraction C=A-B= (Ax-Bx) x + (Ay-By) ŷ - Position vector = hypothenuse vector - Displacement vector = Δr = final r - initial r - Velocity vector- displacement vectorΔr divided by the elapsed timeΔt; gives direction and magnitude of motion Avg v=Δr/Δt - Acceleration vector- change in velocity vectorΔv divided by theΔt; Avg a=Δv/Δt - Change in velocity= Δv= final v - final v - Velocity vector is always in the direction of a particle’s motion, but acceleration vector can point in directions other than the direction of motion Chapter 4 Two - Dimensional Kinematics - Projectile- an object that is thrown, kicked, batted, or launched into motion and then allowed to follow a path influenced by gravity - Earth’s rotation and air resistance is ignored. - Gravity acceleration if thrown downward is 9.81m/s^2 - Gravity acceleration if thrown upward is -9.81m/x^2 - Gravity acceleration in the x axis is 0 - Horizontal and vertical motions in projectile motion are independent. - Zero launch angle - x=v0(t) - y=h-1/2gt^2 - vx=v0=constant - vy=-gt - vx^2=v0^2=constant - vy^2=-2gΔy - General launch angle where θ is a nonzero number - Basic equations for projectile motion: - x=(v0cosθ)t - vx=v0cosθ - vx^2=(v0^2)cos^2θ - y=(v0sinθ)t-1/2gt^2 - vy=v0sinθ-gt - vy^2=v0^2sin^2θ-2gΔy - Range of a projectile- horizontal distance it travels before landing - Landing site- a projectile launched horizontally - Parabolic path- path followed by a projectile launched horizontally with an initial speed Chapter 5 Newton’s Laws of Motion - Force- a push or pull; units: Newton (N) or (kg*m/s^2) - Magnitude- strength of force - Direction- direction of which you are pushing or pulling - Newton’s First Law of Motion- an object at rest remains at rest as long as no net force acts on it; also called law of inertia - if the net force is zero, its velocity is constant - Newton’s Second Law of Motion- an object of mass m has an acceleration a given by the net force F divided by m; F=ma - the greater the acceleration is promotional to the force- the greater the force, the greater the acceleration - if the mass of an object is doubled but the force remains the same, the acceleration is halved meaning acceleration is inversely proportional to mass - if the net force on an object is zero, the object moves with constant velocity - When working a problem, remember that if acceleration is negative so will the force - Free-body diagram- sketch indicating each and every external force acting on a given object - W is weight which is a downward force of gravity - F is upward force that is exerted - Newton’s Third Law of Motion- for every force that acts on an object, there is a reaction force acting on a different object that is equal in magnitude and opposite in direction - Contact forces- when objects are touching one another - the same net force acts on the total mass, so both boxes have the same acceleration - If more than one force acts on an object, acceleration is in the direction of the vector sum of the forces - Weight (W)- gravitational force exerted on it by the Earth; W=mg - Apparent weight- force that pushes upward on your feet and gives you the sensation of your weight pushing down on the floor; - F= Wa-W force is positive if elevator is going upward b/c is positive - -F= Wa - W force is negative if elevator is going downward b/c a is negative - Remember F=ma - If surface is angled: Wx= Wsinθ = mgsinθ - Wy=-Wcosθ=-mgcosθ - Normal force-when downward force of gravity is being opposed by an upward force exerted by the counter; force is called normal because it is perpendicular to the surface; normal = perpendicular - F= F+N+W


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