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    physics a strategic approach THIRD EDITION

    randall d. knight

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    Chapter 1 Lecture

  • SI Quantities & Units In mechanics, three basic quantities are used

    Length, Mass, Time Will also use derived quantities

    Ex: Joule, Newton, etc. SI Systme International

    agreed to in 1960 by an international committee

  • Density: A derived Quantity

    Density is an example of a derived quantity It is defined as mass per unit volume Units are kg/m3


  • Length: METER

    The meter is defined to be the distance light travels through a vacuum in exactly 1/299792458

    seconds. 1 m is about 39.37 inches. I inch is about 2.54 cm.

  • Powers of Ten!

  • Mass: Kilogram Units

    SI kilogram, kg Defined in terms of a

    kilogram, based on a specific cylinder kept at the International Bureau of Standards

    Mass is Energy! (Physcis 43)

  • Time: Second

    Units seconds, s

    Defined in terms of the oscillation of radiation from a cesium atom

  • Prefixes

    The prefixes can be used with any base units

    They are multipliers of the base unit

    Examples: 1 mm = 10-3 m 1 mg = 10-3 g

  • To convert from one unit to another, multiply by conversion factors that are equal to one.

  • To convert from one unit to another, multiply by conversion factors that are equal to one.

    Example: 32 km = ? nm 1. 1km = 103 m 2 1 nm = 10-9 m

    3 910 10321 1

    m nmkmkm m

    3 932 10 10 nm= 133.2 10 nm=

  • 1 light year = 9.46 x 1015m 1 mile = 1.6 km

    How many miles in a light year?



    9.46 10 111 1.6 10

    m milelyly m

    125.9 10 miles=

  • 1 light year = 9.46 x 1015m 1 mile = 1.6 km

    ~ 6 Trillion Miles!!! Closest Star: Proxima Centauri 4.3 ly Closest Galaxy: Andromeda Galaxy 2.2 million ly

  • It had long been known that Andromeda is rushing towards Earth at about 250,000 miles per hour -- or about the distance from Earth to the moon. They will collide in 4 billion years!

  • Significant Figures

    A significant figure is one that is reliably known

    Zeros may or may not be significant Those used to position the decimal point are not

    significant To remove ambiguity, use scientific notation

    In a measurement, the significant figures include the first estimated digit

  • Significant Figures, examples

    0.0075 m has 2 significant figures The leading zeros are placeholders only Can write in scientific notation to show more clearly:

    7.5 x 10-3 m for 2 significant figures 10.0 m has 3 significant figures

    The decimal point gives information about the reliability of the measurement

    1500 m is ambiguous Use 1.5 x 103 m for 2 significant figures Use 1.50 x 103 m for 3 significant figures Use 1.500 x 103 m for 4 significant figures

  • Sig Fis & Scientific Notation

  • Rounding

    Last retained digit is increased by 1 if the last digit dropped is 5 or above

    Last retained digit remains as it is if the last digit dropped is less than 5

    Saving rounding until the final result will help eliminate accumulation of errors

    Keep a few extra terms for intermediate calculations

  • Round Each to 3 Sig Figs

    124.65 0.003255 12.25 3675

  • Plate Problem

    A rectangular plate has a length of 21.3 cm and a width of 9.8 cm. Calculate the area of the plate, and the number of significant figures.

    A = 21.3cm x 9.8cm = 208.74cm2

    A = 210cm2

    How many significant figures? 2

  • Operations with Significant Figures Multiplying or Dividing

    When multiplying or dividing, the number of significant figures in the final answer is the same as the number of significant figures in the quantity having the lowest number of significant figures.

    Example: 25.57 m x 2.45 m = 62.6465 m2 The 2.45 m limits your result to 3 significant

    figures: 62.6m2

  • Operations with Significant Figures Adding or Subtracting

    When adding or subtracting, the number of decimal places in the result should equal the smallest number of decimal places in any term in the sum.

    Example: 135 cm + 3.25 cm = 138 cm The 135 cm limits your answer to the units

    decimal value

  • Operations With Significant Figures Summary

    The rule for addition and subtraction are different than the rule for multiplication and division

    For adding and subtracting, the number of decimal places is the important consideration

    For multiplying and dividing, the number of significant figures is the important consideration

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    Chapter Goal: To introduce the fundamental concepts of motion.

    Chapter 1 Concepts of Motion

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    Pickup PSE3e Photo from page 2, snowboarder jump.

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    Chapter 1 Preview

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    Chapter 1 Preview

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    Chapter 1 Content, Examples, and QuickCheck Questions

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    Four basic types of motion Slide 1-19

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    Consider a movie of a moving object.

    A movie camera takes photographs at a fixed rate (i.e., 30 photographs every second).

    Each separate photo is called a frame.

    The car is in a different position in each frame.

    Shown are four frames in a filmstrip.

    Making a Motion Diagram

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    Cut individual frames of the filmstrip apart. Stack them on top of each other. This composite photo shows an objects position at

    several equally spaced instants of time. This is called a motion diagram.

    Making a Motion Diagram

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    An object that has a single position in a motion diagram is at rest.

    Example: A stationary ball on the ground.

    An object with images that are equally spaced is moving with constant speed.

    Example: A skateboarder rolling down the sidewalk.

    Examples of Motion Diagrams

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    An object with images that have increasing distance between them is speeding up.

    Example: A sprinter starting the 100 meter dash.

    An object with images that have decreasing distance between them is slowing down.

    Example: A car stopping for a red light.

    Examples of Motion Diagrams

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    A motion diagram can show more complex motion in two dimensions.

    Example: A jump shot from center court. In this case the ball is

    slowing down as it rises, and speeding up as it falls.

    Examples of Motion Diagrams

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    Often motion of the object as a whole is not influenced by details of the objects size and shape.

    We only need to keep track of a single point on the object.

    So we can treat the object as if all its mass were concentrated into a single point.

    A mass at a single point in space is called a particle. Particles have no size, no shape and no top, bottom,

    front or back. Below is a motion diagram of a car stopping, using the

    particle model.

    The Particle Model

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    Motion diagram of a rocket launch

    The Particle Model

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    Motion Diagram in which the object is represented as a particle

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    In a motion diagram it is useful to add numbers to specify where the object is and when the object was at that position.

    Shown is the motion diagram of a basketball, with 0.5 s intervals between frames.

    A coordinate system has been added to show (x, y).

    The frame at t = 0 is frame 0, when the ball is at the origin.

    The balls position in frame 4 can be specified with coordinates (x4, y4) = (12 m, 9 m) at time t4 = 2.0 s.

    Position and Time

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    Another way to locate the ball is to draw an arrow from the origin to the point representing the ball.

    You can then specify the length and direction of the arrow.

    This arrow is called the position vector of the object.

    The position vector is an alternative form of specifying position.

    It does not tell us anything different than the coordinates (x, y).

    Position as a Vector

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    Tactics: Vector Addition

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    Sams initial position is the vector .

    Vector is his position after he finishes walking.

    Sam has changed position, and a change in position is called a displacement.

    His displacement is the vector labeled .

    Vector Addition Example: Displacement

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    Sam is standing 50 ft east of the corner of 12th Street and Vine. He then walks northeast for 100 ft to a second point. What is Sams change of position?