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SP1a - What is a scalar quantity?

A quantity with a magnitude (size) but no direction


SP1a - What is a vecotr quantity?

A quantity with a magnitude (size) and direction.


SP1a - What are the six main vector quantities?

  • Velocity
  • Displacement
  • Acceleration
  • Force
  • Weight
  • Momentum


SP1b - How do you work out average speed?

Speed (m/s) = Distance(m) / Time(s)


SP1b - What is the average speed of walking and cycling?

  • Walking: 1.4m/s
  • Cycling: 6m/s


SP1b - What are the two things you can use to measure speed in an experiment?

  • Stopwatch
  • Light gates


SP1b - On a distance/time graph, what does the gradient represent?

The velocity


SP1b - On a distance/time graph, what does a horizontal line represent?

The object is stationary


SP1b - On a distance/time graph, what does a curve represent?

The object is accelerating/deccelerating


SP1c - How do you calculate acceleration?

Acceleration (m/s²)


Change in velocity (m/s) ÷ Time (s)


SP1c - What is the value of acceleration due to gravity?

9.8m/s² (rounded to 10m/s²)


SP1d - What does a straight slope mean on a velocity time graph?



SP1d - What does a horizontal line mean on a velocity time graph?

The object is moving at a constant velocity


SP1d - What does a curve mean on a velocity time graph?

Changing acceleration


SP1d - What does the area under a velocity time graph represent?

The distance covered


SP2a - If a rocket experiences 800kN of thrust upwards and its weight is 300kN, what is the resultant force?

800 is up 300 is down.

800 - 300 = 500

500kN upwards


SP2b - What is Newton's first law?

  • A moving object will remain at a constant velocity until an external force acts on it.
  • A stationary object will remain stationary until n external force acts on it.


SP2b - What is centripetal force?

  • An object moving in a circle at a constant speed is contantly changing velocity and so is constantly accelerating towards the centre of the circle.
  • As the car is accelerating, there must be a force acting on it.
  • This is centriputal force and always acts towards the centre of the circular motion.


SP2b - What three things can provide centriputal force?

  • Tension
  • Friction
  • Gravity


SP2b - How can the amount of centripetal force needed for an object to remain in circular motion be altered?

The amount of force needed increases if you:

  • Increase the mass of the object
  • Increase the speed of the object
  • Decrease the radius of the circle


SP2c - What is the difference between weight and mass?

Mass is the quantity of matter in an object and weight is the pull force the object experience depending on the gravitational field strength.

Weight - N

Mass - Kg


SP2c - What formula links weight and mass?

w = m x g

(Weight = mass x gravitational field strength)


SP2c - Describe the forces acting on a skydiver as they jump out of a plane?

  • As soon as they jump out, the only force acting on them is their weight and so they accelerate downwards
  • Air resistance increases with speed and so as they accelerate, it increases until eventually it is equal to their weight
  • At this point the resultant force acting on the skydiver is 0 and so they stop changing velocity as they have reached terminal velocity
  • Once the parachute is launched, the air resistance greatly increases causing a decceleration
  • As the velocity decreases so does the air resistance until it is again equal to the weight
  • It now reaches a new lower terminal velocity


SP2d - What is Newton's second law of motion?

The acceleration of an object depends on:

  • Its mass
  • The Force acting on it


SP2d - What equation uses Newton's second law?

F = m x a

(Force = mass x acceleration)


SP2d - What is inertial mass?

  • A measure of how difficult it is to accelerate an object.
  • The ratio of the force needed to accelerate an object over the acceleration produced.
  • If an object has a lerger inertial mass, it will require more force to produce a given acceleration than an object with a larger inertial mass.


SP2d CP - How can you investigate the acceleration of a trolley using light gates?

  • Attach masses to the end of the trolley hanging off the end of the table over the ramp and the pulley .
  • Set up two light gatesa measured distance apart.
  • Connect the light gates to a data logger.
  • Release that masses. using your data log information, divide the length of the card by the time the light gate was active for each of the light gates.
  • Divide the difference between these two velocities by the time between each of them to get the acceleration.
  • To investigate how mass affects this, repeat with different masses.


SP2e - What is Newtons third law?

When objects interact the forces exerted are equal and opposite.


SP2e - When a person is standing, describe the action-reaction forces.

The downward force of weight from the person on the ground and the upward reaction force of the ground on the person.


SP2e - What is the difference between balanced forces and action-reaction forces?

Balanced forces all act on the same object, action-reaction forces act on different objects.