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1.1: Physical Quantities and Units URL OpenStax College: "College Physics"

Read the Preface and sections 1.1 and 1.2 of "Chapter 1: Introduction: The Nature of Science and Physics".

URL Subunit 1.1 Notes

This notes page includes some high-level takeaways and equations covered in this subunit. Feel free to add to this document; we deliberately left it in DOC format to encourage you to add to and expand it. Consider sharing your notes with your classmates on our discussion forum for this course.

1.2: Accuracy, Precision, and Significant Figures URL OpenStax College: "College Physics"

Read sections 1.3 and 1.4 of "Chapter 1: Introduction: The Nature of Science and Physics".

URL Texas A&M University: "Math Skills Review, Significant Figures"

After reading the College Physics material, please click on the link above, and review these rules on significant digits.

2.1: Vectors, Scalars, and Coordinate Systems Page Khan Academy: "One-Dimensional Motion: Displacement, Velocity, and Time"

Please click on the link above and watch this lecture series, pausing to take notes, before moving on to the reading below.

URL OpenStax College: "College Physics"

Read sections 2.1 and 2.2 of "Chapter 2: Kinematics". Look over the corresponding conceptual questions in each section to test your understanding.

URL University of Toronto: David Harrison's "Physics Flash Animations: The Derivative of the Sine Function"

Review this demonstration. It will be helpful throughout the course.

URL University of Toronto: David Harrison's "Physics Flash Animations: Integration"

Review this demonstration. It will be helpful throughout the course.

URL University of Toronto: David Harrison's "Physics Flash Animations: Displacement and Distance"

Please click on the link above, and select the play button to start the animation. Make sure you understand the distinction between distance and displacement made in the resource linked above.

2.2: Velocity, Speed, and Acceleration Page Khan Academy: "One-Dimensional Motion: Acceleration"

Please click on the link above and watch this lecture series, pausing to take notes, before moving on to the reading below.

URL OpenStax College: "College Physics"

Read sections 2.3 and 2.4 of "Chapter 2: Kinematics". Look over the conceptual questions in each section to test your understanding.

URL University of Toronto: David Harrison's "Physics Flash Animations: Constant Acceleration"

Click the play button to launch the animation. Make sure you understand both the slope (derivative) and areal (integral) meanings of position, velocity, and acceleration.

2.3: Motion with Constant Acceleration URL OpenStax College: "College Physics"

Read sections 2.5 and 2.6 of "Chapter 2: Kinematics". Look over the conceptual questions in each section to test your understanding.

2.4: Falling Objects Page Khan Academy: "One-Dimensional Motion: Kinematic Formulas and Projectile Motion"

Please click on the link above and watch this lecture series, pausing to take notes, before moving on to the reading below.

URL OpenStax College: "College Physics"

Read section 2.7 of "Chapter 2: Kinematics". Look over the conceptual questions at the end of the section to test your understanding.

URL Jeffery W. Schnick's Calculus-Based Physics: "1st Semester SAC Physics Problems”

Work on solving problems 1, 2, and 3 from 106A and 3 from 107. The solutions are available, but make a serious attempt to solve the problems before looking at the solutions.

2.5: Graphical Analysis URL OpenStax College: "College Physics"

Read section 2.8 of "Chapter 2: Kinematics". Look over the conceptual questions in the section to test your understanding.

URL Jeffery W. Schnick's Calculus-Based Physics: "1st Semester SAC Physics Problems”

Work on solving problems 1, 2, and 3 from SAC108. The solutions are available, but make a serious attempt to solve the problems before looking at the solutions.

URL University of Toronto: David Harrison's "Physics Flash Animations: Racing Balls"

Before running the animation, make an educated guess about which of the two balls will reach the wall first. If your prediction is wrong, figure out why. To view the animation, click on the link above and then select the play button. Hint: Think of a speed vs. time graph.

3.1: Kinematics in Two Dimensions URL OpenStax College: "College Physics"

Read section 3.1 of "Chapter 3: Two-Dimensional Kinematics".

3.2: Vector Addition and Subtraction URL Massachusetts Institute of Technology: "Review of Vectors"

Read this material carefully before viewing the Khan Academy lecture sequence below.

Page Khan Academy: "Two-Dimensional Motion: Two-Dimensional Projectile Motion"

Watch this lecture series, pausing to take notes, before moving on to the reading below. Don't worry if it seems intimidating. We will review the dot and cross products at a more appropriate level later when they are needed for this course.

URL University of Toronto: David Harrison's "Physics Flash Animations: Galilean Relativity"

Click the play button to start the animation. Observe that the physical result (the ball falls at the sailor's feet) is independent of our position while we watch the event as well as our movement relative to the event we are observing. This illustrates the same principle as the cart and golf ball in the previous lecture.

URL University of Toronto: David Harrison's "Physics Flash Animations: Vector Addition"

Click the play button to start the animation.

URL University of Toronto: David Harrison's "Physics Flash Animations: Adding 3 Vectors"

Click the play button to start the animation.

URL University of Toronto: David Harrison's "Physics Flash Animations: Adding Vector Components"

Click the play button to start the animation.

URL University of Toronto: David Harrison's "Physics Flash Animations: Unit Vectors"

Click the play button to start the animation. In this animation, you will vary the x and y components of a vector and observe the resulting vector and its magnitude.

3.3: Constant Acceleration Motion URL OpenStax College: "College Physics"

Read sections 3.2 and 3.3 of "Chapter 3: Two-Dimensional Kinematics". Look over the conceptual questions at the end of each section to test your understanding.

URL Jeffery W. Schnick's Calculus-Based Physics: "1st Semester SAC Physics Problems”

Work on solving problems 1, 2, and 3 from SAC106 and problems 1 through 4 from SAC109A. The solutions are available, but make a serious attempt to solve the problems before looking at the solutions.

3.4: Projectile Motion URL OpenStax College: "College Physics"

Read sections 3.4 and 3.5 of "Chapter 3: Two-Dimensional Kinematics". Look over the conceptual questions in each section to test your understanding.

URL University of Toronto: David Harrison's "Physics Flash Animations: Kinematics of Projectile Motion"

Click the play button to start the animation. View the 3 frames to understand the relative roles of position, velocity, and acceleration in projectile motion.

URL University of Toronto: David Harrison's "Physics Flash Animations: Projectile Motion"

Click the play button to start the animation. Vary the controls to create at least 10 different situations. Analyze the results for a few of them to assure yourself that the displayed trajectories accurately represent the projectile's motion under the influence of gravity. Do you find the gravitational acceleration to be 9.8 m/s2?

URL University of Toronto: David Harrison's "Physics Flash Animations: The Monkey and the Hunter"

Click the play button to start the animation.

URL University of Toronto: David Harrison's "Physics Flash Animations: Dropping Two Balls near the Earth"

Vary the initial conditions to demonstrate that the vertical acceleration and the horizontal motion are independent of each other. This is a simple version of a common projectile problem.

URL Jeffery W. Schnick's Calculus-Based Physics: "1st Semester SAC Physics Problems”

Work on solving problems 1, 2, 3, and 4 from SAC10. The solutions are available, but make a serious attempt to solve the problems before looking at the solutions.

4.1: Newton's First and Second Laws of Motion Page Khan Academy: "Newton's Laws of Motion"

Please click on the link above and watch this lecture series, pausing to take notes, before moving on to the reading below.

URL OpenStax College: "College Physics"

Read sections 4.1, 4.2, and 4.3 of "Chapter 4: Dynamics: Force and Newton's Laws of Motion". Look over the conceptual questions in each section to test your understanding.

4.2: Newton's Third Law of Motion and Normal and Tension Forces Page Khan Academy: "Normal Force and Contact Force"

Watch this lecture series, pausing to take notes, before moving on to the reading below.

URL OpenStax College: "College Physics"

Read sections 4.4 and 4.5 of "Chapter 4: Dynamics: Force and Newton's Laws of Motion". Look over the conceptual questions in each section to test your understanding.

URL Jeffery W. Schnick's "Calculus-Based Physics: 1st Semester SAC Physics Problems"

Work on solving problems 1 through 4 from SAC112, problems 1 through 4 from SAC112A, and problems 1 through 3 from SAC113. The solutions are available, but make a serious attempt to solve the problems before looking at the solutions.

4.3: Applications of Newton's Laws of Motion Page Khan Academy: "Balanced and Unbalanced Forces" and "Slow Sock on Lubricon IV"

Watch this lecture series, pausing to take notes, before moving on to the reading below.

URL OpenStax College: "College Physics"

Read sections 4.6 and 4.7 of "Chapter 4: Dynamics: Force and Newton's Laws of Motion". Look over the conceptual questions in each section to test your understanding.

URL Jeffery W. Schnick's "Calculus-Based Physics: 1st Semester SAC Physics Problems"

Work on solving problems 1 through 10 from SAC114. The solutions are available, but make a serious attempt to solve the problems before looking at the solutions.

4.4: Friction Page Khan Academy: "Inclined Planes and Friction"

Watch this lecture series, pausing to take notes, before moving on to the reading below.

URL OpenStax College: "College Physics"

Read section 5.1 of "Chapter 5: Further Applications of Newton's Laws: Friction, Drag, and Elasticity". Look over the conceptual questions in each section to test your understanding.

URL Jeffery W. Schnick's "Calculus-Based Physics: 1st Semester SAC Physics Problems"

Work on solving problem 3 from SAC102. The solution is available, but make a serious attempt to solve the problem before looking at the solution.

4.5: Springs Page Khan Academy: "Tension"

Watch this lecture series, pausing to take notes, before moving on to the reading below.

URL OpenStax College: "College Physics"

Read section 16.1 on Hooke's Law and motion and energy associated with a spring. Look over the conceptual questions in the section to test your understanding.

URL University of Toronto: David Harrison's "Physics Flash Animations: Hooke's Law"

Examine this demonstration. Note that the spring always exerts force in the direction that returns the spring to its original unstretched length.

URL Jeffery W. Schnick's "Calculus-Based Physics: 1st Semester SAC Physics Problems"

Work on solving problems 1 and 2 from SAC102 and 1, 2, and 3 from SAC109. The solutions are available, but make a serious attempt to solve the problems before looking at the solutions.

4.6: The Simple Pendulum URL OpenStax College: "College Physics"

Read section 16.4 on the simple pendulum. Look over the conceptual questions in the section to test your understanding.

URL University of Toronto: David Harrison's "Physics Flash Animations: Forces on a Pendulum"

Develop equations of motion for this pendulum that give predictions that agree with the simulated behavior. Is the tension on the string correct for a gravitational field of 9.8 m/s2?

URL Jeffery W. Schnick's "Calculus-Based Physics: 1st Semester SAC Physics Problems"

Work on solving problems 1 through 4 from SAC127. The solutions are available, but make a serious attempt to solve the problems before looking at the solutions.

5.1: Angular Velocity and Acceleration Page Khan Academy: "Harmonic Motion"

Watch this lecture series, pausing to take notes, before moving on to the reading below.

URL University of Toronto: David Harrison's "Physics Flash Animations: Uniform Circular Motion Is Simple Harmonic Motion"

This resource illustrates the connection between uniform circular motion and the simple harmonic motion associated with Hooke's Law.

URL OpenStax College: "College Physics"

Read sections 6.1 and 6.2 of "Chapter 6: Uniform Circular Motion and Gravitation". Look over the conceptual questions in each section to test your understanding.

URL University of Toronto: David Harrison's "Physics Flash Animations: Right Hand Rule"

Study the animation, which illustrates the rule for determining the direction of the angular velocity vector.

URL Jeffery W. Schnick's "Calculus-Based Physics: 1st Semester SAC Physics Problems"

Work on solving problems 1 through 6 in SAC116 and 1 through 6 in SAC117. The solutions are available, but make a serious attempt to solve the problems before looking at the solutions.

5.2: Centripetal Force Page Khan Academy: "Centripetal Acceleration"

Watch this lecture series, pausing to take notes, before moving on to the reading below.

URL OpenStax College: "College Physics"

Read sections 6.3 and 6.4 of "Chapter 6: Uniform Circular Motion and Gravitation". Look over the conceptual questions in each section to test your understanding.

URL University of Toronto: David Harrison's "Physics Flash Animations: A Mass Moving in a Vertical Circle"

The mass is constrained to move in a vertical circle while feeling the effects of Earth's gravity. Determine how the tension on the string must vary to make this happen as shown.

URL Jeffery W. Schnick's "Calculus-Based Physics: 1st Semester SAC Physics Problems"

Work on solving problems 1, 2, and 3 from SAC119. The solutions are available, but make a serious attempt to solve the problems before looking at the solutions.

5.3: Newton's Law of Gravity Page Khan Academy: "Newton's Law of Gravitation"

Watch this lecture series, pausing to take notes, before moving on to the reading below.

URL OpenStax College: "College Physics"

Read sections 6.5 and 6.6 of "Chapter 6: Uniform Circular Motion and Gravitation". Look over the conceptual questions in each section to test your understanding.

URL Jeffery W. Schnick's "Calculus-Based Physics: 1st Semester SAC Physics Problems"

Work on solving problems 1 through 4 from SAC115. The solutions are available, but make a serious attempt to solve the problems before looking at the solutions.

6.1: Work and Kinetic Energy Page Khan Academy: "Work and Kinetic Energy"

Watch this lecture series, pausing to take notes, before moving on to the reading below.

URL OpenStax College: "College Physics"

Read sections 7.1 and 7.2 of "Chapter 7: Work, Energy, and Energy Resources".

URL University of Toronto: David Harrison's "Physics Flash Animations: Vector Dot Product"

In this animation, you will vary the angle between the two vectors and observe the effect on the dot product.

URL Jeffery W. Schnick's "Calculus-Based Physics: 1st Semester SAC Physics Problems"

Work on solving problems 1, 2, and 3 from SAC122. The solutions are available, but make a serious attempt to solve the problems before looking at the solutions.

6.2: Conservative Forces and Potential Energy URL OpenStax College: "College Physics"

Read sections 7.3 and 7.4 of "Chapter 7: Work, Energy, and Energy Resources". Look over the conceptual questions in each section to test your understanding.

6.3: Conservation of Energy URL OpenStax College: "College Physics"

Read sections 7.5 and 7.6 of "Chapter 7: Work, Energy, and Energy Resources". Look over the conceptual questions in each section to test your understanding.

URL Jeffery W. Schnick's "Calculus-Based Physics: 1st Semester SAC Physics Problems"

Work on solving problems 4, 5, and 6 from SAC102. The solutions are available, but make a serious attempt to solve the problems before looking at the solutions.

6.4: Power URL OpenStax College: "College Physics"

Read sections 7.7, 7.8, and 7.9 of "Chapter 7: Work, Energy, and Energy Resources". Look over the conceptual questions in each section to test your understanding.

URL Jeffery W. Schnick's "Calculus-Based Physics: 1st Semester SAC Physics Problems"

Work on solving problems 1 through 4 from SAC124. The solutions are available, but make a serious attempt to solve the problems before looking at the solutions.

7.1: Momentum and Impulse URL OpenStax College: "College Physics"

Read sections 8.1, and 8.2 of "Chapter 8: Linear Momentum and Collisions". Look over the conceptual questions in each section to test your understanding.

URL Jeffery W. Schnick's "Calculus-Based Physics: 1st Semester SAC Physics Problems"

Work on solving problems 1 through 4 from SAC125. The solutions are available, but make a serious attempt to solve the problems before looking at the solutions.

7.2: Conservation of Momentum in Collisions Page Khan Academy: "Momentum"

Watch this lecture series, pausing to take notes, before moving on to the reading below.

URL OpenStax College: "College Physics"

Read sections 8.3, 8.4, and 8.5 of "Chapter 8: Linear Momentum and Collisions". Look over the conceptual questions in each section to test your understanding.

URL University of Toronto: David Harrison's "Physics Flash Animations: Collisions on an Air Track"

This is a classic physics demonstration. Vary the conditions as allowed by the animation and solve the equations of motion based on conservation of momentum and (in the case of elastic collisions) energy. Develop an explanation for any apparent discrepancies.

URL Jeffery W. Schnick's "Calculus-Based Physics: 1st Semester SAC Physics Problems"

Work on solving problems 1 through 5 from SAC104. The solutions are available, but make a serious attempt to solve the problems before looking at the solutions.

7.3: Collisions in Two Dimensions URL OpenStax College: "College Physics"

Read sections 8.6, and 8.7 of "Chapter 8: Linear Momentum and Collisions". Look over the conceptual questions in each section to test your understanding.

8.1: Conditions for Equilibrium URL OpenStax College: "College Physics"

Read sections 9.1, 9.2, and 9.3 of "Chapter 9: Statics and Torque". Look over the conceptual questions in each section to test your understanding.

Page Khan Academy: "Cross Product and Torque"

This video discusses torque as a cross product of the lever arm and the force vector and illustrates how the direction of the torque is related to the directions of the lever arm and the force.

URL University of Toronto: David Harrison's "Physics Flash Animations: Vector Cross Product"

In this animation, you will vary the angle between the two vectors and observe the effect on the cross product.

URL Jeffery W. Schnick's "Calculus-Based Physics: 1st Semester SAC Physics Problems"

Work on solving problems 1 and 2 from SAC118. The solutions are available, but make a serious attempt to solve the problems before looking at the solutions.

8.2: Applications of Statics URL OpenStax College: "College Physics"

Read section 9.4 of "Chapter 9: Statics and Torque". Look over the conceptual questions in the section to test your understanding.

URL Jeffery W. Schnick's "Calculus-Based Physics: 1st Semester SAC Physics Problems"

Work on solving problems 1 through 5 from SAC121. The solutions are available, but make a serious attempt to solve the problems before looking at the solutions.

8.3: Simple Machines URL OpenStax College: "College Physics"

Read sections 9.5 and 9.6 of "Chapter 9: Statics and Torque". Look over the conceptual questions in each section to test your understanding.

9.1: Kinematics of Rotational Motion Page Khan Academy: "Center of Mass"

Watch this lecture, pausing to take notes, before moving on to the reading below.

URL OpenStax College: "College Physics"

Read sections 10.1 and 10.2 of "Chapter 10: Rotational Motion and Angular Momentum". Look over the conceptual questions in each section to test your understanding.

URL James H. Dann and James J. Dann's "People's Physics Book, Chapter 9: Rotational Motion"

Scroll down the page to "Ch 9: Rotational Motion," and select the link to open the PDF document. Read the entirety of Chapter 9. From pages 9-4 to 9-10, solve problems 1-4, 10-13, 16, and 21.

9.2: Dynamics of Rotational Motion URL OpenStax College: "College Physics"

Read sections 10.3 and 10.4 of "Chapter 10: Rotational Motion and Angular Momentum". Look over the conceptual questions in each section to test your understanding.

URL Jeffery W. Schnick's "Calculus-Based Physics: 1st Semester SAC Physics Problems"

Work on solving problems 3 from SAC103 and 1, 2, and 3 from SAC123. The solutions are available, but make a serious attempt to solve the problems before looking at the solutions.

9.3: Conservation of Angular Momentum URL OpenStax College: "College Physics"

Read section 10.5 of "Chapter 10: Rotational Motion and Angular Momentum". Look over the conceptual questions in the section to test your understanding.

URL University of Toronto: David Harrison's "Physics Flash Animations: How Does a Cat Land on Its Feet?"

Follow this animation through the various steps until you can convincingly explain what a cat does to land on its feet to a non-physics student.

URL Jeffery W. Schnick's "Calculus-Based Physics: 1st Semester SAC Physics Problems"

Work on solving problems 1 through 4 from SAC105. The solutions are available, but make a serious attempt to solve the problems before looking at the solutions.

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