General Physics I Notes (PHY 220 – Grand Valley State University)

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  • UniversityGrand Valley State University
  • AreaScience and technology
  • CourseGeneral Physics I
  • Course CodePHY220
  • ProfessorMichael Guenther
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  • Authorpmatuze14
  • Created2018
  • Pages100
  • Approved26 April 2019

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Content includes:

Table of Contents

Units, Vectors and Estimates
SI Units for time, distance, mass
Significant Figures Review
Conversion Factors
Dimension Analysis
Order of Magnitude Estimates
Ratio/Scaling Laws
Scalar & Vectors
Vector Operations
Position & Displacement
Average Speed/Average Velocity
Velocity equations
Average vs. Instantaneous
Graphical representation of Acceleration vs. Time & Velocity
vs. Time
Constant Acceleration
Four major acceleration equations
Free Fall
Relative Motion
2-D Kinematics
Laws of Motion
Overview of Newton’s First, Second, and Third Law
Types of Forces
Free Body Diagram guide
Newton’s First Law explanation
Newton’s Second Law explanation
Apparent Weight
Newton’s Third Law explanation
Components of a Force
Tension Force – Hanging Objects
Tension Force – Ropes/Pulleys
Static Coefficient of Friction, µs
Kinetic Coefficient of Friction, µk
Guide to figuring out force due to friction
When friction is the only force in one direction
Jumping & Walking – as measured by a force pad
Coordinate Axes guide (for Free Body Diagrams)
Force & Inclines
Force & Mass on a Spring
(Robert) Hooke’s Law
Newton’s 1st Law Revisited
Uniform Circular Motion
Driving in a circle with constant velocity
Centripetal Acceleration
Ac – Uniform Circular Motion
Guide to solving uniform circular motions problems
Roller Coasters or Roads
Newton’s Law of Universal Gravitation
Circular Motion & Gravity
Kepler’s 3rd Law
Dot Product
Work & Kinetic Energy
Work-Energy Theorem
Potential Energy
Conservative vs. non-conservative forces in work
Potential energy and kinetic energy due to gravity
Potential Energy for work done by gravity
Non-Conservative forces & Energy
Work done on a spring
Guide to solving work problems
Conservation of energy in general
Momentum & Impulse
Momentum & Impulse-Momentum Theorem
Force vs. time (momentum & impulse)
Momentum & Newton’s 2nd Law
Conservation of Linear Momentum
Newton’s 3rd Law & Conservation of Linear Momentum
during Collisions
Momentum and Kinetic Energy
Classifying Collisions
Elastic Collisions
With one object in motion
With both objects in motion
2-D Collisions
Ballistic Pendulum
As the pendulum swings down
During collision of ball and obstructing object
After collision
Finding the Center of Mass of a system
Rotational Kinematics
Angular Displacement
Angular Acceleration
Angular Velocity
Linear Quantities
Arch length (s)
Tangential velocity (Vt)
Tangential acceleration (At)
Centripetal Acceleration
Rolling Motion
Newton’s Second Law Analog for Rotational Motion
Moment of Inertia
In different object shapes
Multiple objects in motion
Guide to Solving Static Equilibrium Problems
Linear to Rotational variables translation chart
Conservation of energy review
Angular Momentum
Conservation of Angular Momentum
How a Gyroscope works
Conservation of Angular Momentum in the solar system
Mass density
Pressure as a function of depth
Pressure at the deepest point in the ocean
Archimedes’ Principle: Buoyancy
Floating vs. completely submerged

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