Caroline Kingsley
Physics 11, Lab X
TA: Chris Burke
Free Fall Lab
Introduction:
The purpose of this lab was to measure the motion of objects accelerated by the force of
gravity. Force is equal to mass x acceleration, (F=ma) so the experiment called for me
In classical mechanics, we are ultimately interested with
understanding the motion of objects. However, before we can even
begin to discuss the causes of such motion (i.e. before we study the
dynamics of physical systems), we must first find a way
of des
Direction - The direction in which a 2D-vector points can be characterized
by a single angle; for 3D-vectors two angles are needed.
Euclidean Space - The name given to all finite-dimensional spaces
obtained by taking Cartesian products of the real numbers
POTENTIAL PROBLEMS
Problem : Consider two vectors u and v in the plane which comprise
two sides of a triangle. What vector corresponds to the third side?
Either u - v or v - u are acceptable answers. (The difference will be
whether the arrow for the third
Graphical Addition
Consider the vectors u = (3, 4) and v = (4, 1) in the plane. From
the component method of vector addition we know that the sum of these
two vectors is u + v = (7, 5) . Graphically, we see that this is the same as the
result we would get
In the strictly mathematical definition of a vector, the only
operations that vectors are required to possess are those of
addition and scalar multiplication. (Compare this with the
operations allowed on ordinary real numbers, or scalars, in
which we are
In order to represent physical quantities such as position and
momentum in more than one dimension, we must introduce new
mathematical objects called vectors. Technically speaking, a vector is
defined as an element of a vector space, but since we will on
Caroline Kingsley
Physics 11, Lab X
TA: Chris Burke
Lab 4: Ballistic Pendulum
Introduction:
The purpose of this lab was to use a ballistic pendulum to study an inelastic collision. In
investigation one, the initial velocity of the ball was determined by u
Caroline Kingsley
Physics 11, Lab X
TA: Chris Burke
Lab 2: Acceleration
Introduction:
The purpose of this lab was to determine the acceleration of the system by
measuring the time required for the cart to travel a known distance from rest. In order to
mea
Caroline Kingsley
Physics 11, Lab X
TA: Chris Burke
Lab 5: Rotational Inertia
Introduction:
The purpose of this lab was to exert a torque on a wheel and calculate the moment of
inertia as well as calculated the frictional torque of the wheel using two dif
Caroline Kingsley
Physics 11, Lab X
TA: Chris Burke
Lab 3: Work and Kinetic Energy
Introduction:
The purpose of this lab was to compare the work done on a cart to its change of kinetic
energy and determine the work done stretching a spring, as well as com
Direction - The direction in which a 2D-vector points can be characterized
by a single angle; for 3D-vectors two angles are needed.
Euclidean Space - The name given to all finite-dimensional spaces
obtained by taking Cartesian products of the real numbers