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# introduction - b Dynamics defines mass and force and uses...

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INTRODUCTION TO CALCULUS PHYSICS I Welcome to first semester physics with calculus. Below are a few suggestions and topics to study that we won’t be covering in class. ● Buy the cheapest solar-powered scientific calculator available. Systems of units MKS, CGS, British standards are accessible and invariable Mostly we’ll use the Meter Kilogram Second system Conversion of units Often we will need to change the units of a quantity. For example, convert mph to m/s. To do this just treat the units like fractions. Numerical examples will be given in class. Significant figures , dimensional analysis, scientific notation and uncertainty (see text) mult/div no. sig. fig. in result = no. sig. fig. in least significant of factors ex. 6.43 x 5.1 = 33 add/subt dec. place of result = no dec. place of least precise ex. 4.1 + 5.24 = 9.3

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Course Overview There will be three major sections to this course: I. Mechanics II. Vibrations and Waves III. Thermodynamics. I. Mechanics (study of motion) a) Kinematics defines position, velocity, and acceleration.
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Unformatted text preview: b) Dynamics defines mass and force and uses Newtons three laws of motion. Then we go on to solve problems using conservation laws for energy, momentum, and angular momentum. During the first part of the course we concentrate on single-particle motion and then generalize to N-particle systems. Examples of kinds of motion we study include: free fall, projectile motion, and circular motion. II. Vibrations and Waves We are all familiar with vibratory motion. The central model is the mass on a spring system. We will study the mass-spring system and use it as a basis for understanding waves. Topics in waves will include how to add waves (interference or superposition) III. Thermodynamics (heat) This is the study of heat, work, internal energy, and entropy. The central model is the ideal gas in a cylinder with a piston inside. We will focus on the two laws of thermodynamics dealing with energy (first) and entropy(second)....
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