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1

What is a vector quantity?

A physical quantity with magnitude and direction.

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What is a scalar quantity?

A physical quantity with only magnitude.

3

Give three examples of scalar quantities.

-Distance
-Speed
-Mass

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Give five examples of vector quantities.

-Displacement
-Velocity
-Acceleration
-Momentum

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When can vector quantities be added together?

When the vectors are parallel or antiparallel.

6

How can resultant vectors be calculated?

-Scaled diagram
-Pythagoras
-Trigonometry
-Resolve components

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How are vectors added using a scaled diagram?

-The vectors are drawn to scale and joined head to tail in the correct direction.
-The resultant vector joins the polygon.

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What are the components of a vector?

The perpendicular pair of vectors.

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How can vectors be added by resolving components?

-The vertical and horizontal components of the vectors are calculated.
-The perpendicular components are added and the resultant vector calculated.

10

What is the component parallel to the slope of a weight?

mgsinx

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What is the component perpendicular to the slope of a weight?

mgcosx

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Which forces acting on a weight are parallel to the slope?

-Friction
-Weight component

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Which forces acting on a weight are perpendicular to the slope?

-Normal reaction force
-Weight component

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What is a moment?

A force that produces a turning effect given by force x perpendicular distance from the line of action of the force to the pivot.

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What is a moment also known as?

Torque

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How can a moment be increased?

-Increased force
-increased distance

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What is the principle of moments?

At balance, the sum of the clockwise moments about a point is equal to the sum of the clockwise moments about the same point.

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What is the centre of gravity?

The point from which all the weight of an object appears to from.

19

Explain how the centre of gravity of a lamina can be found.

-Make a small hole in the corner of the shape and suspend it from a pin so it can move freely.
-Hang a plumb line from the pin and mark the vertical line.
-Repeat for two more points.
-The point of intersection shows the centre of gravity.

20

How can an object be made stable?

-Low centre of mass.
-Large base area.

21

When will an object tip over?

When the centre of gravity passes outside the base.

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What is statics?

The study of forces acting on stationary objects.

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What is Newtonian mechanics?

The study of objects that obey Newton's three laws of motion.

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Define coplanar forces.

Forces that all act in the same plane.

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What happens when the vectors acting on a point form a closed polygon?

There is no resultant vector.

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Give the two conditions for static equilibrium of coplanar forces.

-The resultant vector must be zero.
-The principle of moments must apply.

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What is the principle of concurrency?

For three coplanar forces in equilibrium, the lines action must all pass though one point. (be concurrent)

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What does the principle of concurrency apply to?

An object acted on by three forces.

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Define dynamics.

The study of forces that may result in motion.

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What happens if there is no resultant force on an object?

There is no change in velocity.