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1

What is a vector?

Has magnitude and direction.

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What is a scalar?

A physical quantity that has magnitude.

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Examples of scalars

Distance
Speed
Time
Energy
Mass

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Examples of vectors

Displacement
Velocity
Acceleration
Force

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What do forces make an object do?

Start moving
Stop moving
Change speed
Change direction
Change shape

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What are the contact forces?

Friction
Air resistance
Reaction
Tension

7

What are the none contact forces?

Gravitational force
Magnetic forces
Electrostatic forces

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What is weight?

The weight of an object is the force acting on it due to gravity. Weight is measured in Newtons (N).

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What is mass?

The mass of an object depends on the quantity of matter in it. Mass is measured in kilograms (Kg).

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What is the equation for weight?

Weight = mass x gravitational field strength

W= m x g

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What is terminal velocity?

Terminal velocity is when the object reaches a constant velocity when the frictional force in it is equal and opposite to its weight. The resultant force is then 0 so the acceleration is 0.

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What is the resultant force of an object released in fluid?

The weight - frictional force

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What is the centre of mass of an object?

The centre of mass of an object is the point at which it’s mass can be thought of as being concentrated.

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What two factors affect the stability of an object?

The width of the base of an object
The height of its centre of mass- higher centre of mass = less stable

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How do you work out the centre of mass of an irregular shape?

Cut out irregular shape
Put hole in corner
Use clamp stand to suspend it and draw vertical line using plumb line
Repeat hanging the shape from different corners
Where all lines meet is the centre of mass.

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What are forces in an interaction pair?

They are equal in size and opposite in direction.

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What is the resultant force when an object is balanced?

Resultant force= 0

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What happens when forces are imbalanced?

The object can change speed direction or shape.

19

What is work done?

Work is the amount of energy transferred to move a certain distance

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What is the equation for work done?

Work done= force x distance

21

What is Hooke’s law?

The extension of a spring is directly proportional to the force applied as long as the limit of proportionality isn’t exceeded.

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What is the equation for force applied?

Force applied= spring constant x extension

F= k x e

23

Parallelogram of forces

Need a scale
Draw parallelogram using angles and lengths (see book)
Find the length of the dotted line

24

Average speeds

Person walking: 1.5
Person cycling: 6
Person running: 3
Wind on windy day: 18
Car in motorway: 31
Car in built up area: 13
Sound in air:330

* all in m/s

Speeds are rarely constant, called ununiform

25

What is speed?

Speed is a scalar. It is how fast you are travelling

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What is velocity?

Velocity is a vector. It is speed in a given direction

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What is acceleration?

Acceleration is the change in speed or velocity over time. If negative it is called deceleration.

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What is the equation for acceleration?

A= change in velocity/ time taken

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How do you find distance on a velocity time graph?

Area under the graph

30

What is the equation for a constantly accelerating body?

V^2 = u^2 + 2as

Final velocity = initial velocity + (2 x acceleration x displacement)

31

What is Newton’s 1st law?

An object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted on by an imbalanced force

The tendency of an object to stay at rest or move in uniform motion is called inertia. The inertia of an object depends on its mass.

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What is Newton’s 2nd law?

The acceleration of an object is proportional to the resultant force of an object and inversely proportional to the mass of an object.

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What is Newton’s 3rd law?

For every action there is an equal and opposite action. Forces which are in equilibrium are equal and opposite.

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What is the equation for force?

Force = mass x acceleration

35

Factors effecting top speed

Surface of road
Car weight
Friction
Air resistance/ aerodynamics/ stream lining
Acceleration
Power of engine

36

How do you find stopping distance?

Stopping distance= thinking distance + braking distance

37

Factors effecting thinking distance

Tiredness
Drugs
Alcohol
Distractions (people phone music)

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Factors effecting braking distance

Surface of road
Quality of brakes
Quality of tyres
Weight of car
Speed of car
Weather
Gradient of the road

39

What is the equation for momentum?

Momentum= mass x velocity

Momentum is measured in kg m/s

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What is momentum affected by?

Mass: larger mass= larger momentum
Velocity: the faster the object moves the larger the momentum

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What happens to momentum when no external forces act?

Momentum is conserved

Momentum before= momentum after

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How to work out velocity after a collision

Work out momentum of each object
Work out overall combined momentum
Work out combined mass
Calculate final velocity using momentum equation