Tension
In this lab you will investigate some aspects of tension forces. Tension is the name we give to the pulling force
that any flexible object (e.g., a cord) exerts on another object that it is attached to, but it can also be used to
describe the forc
Physics 6 (Summer 2014) 1:00-5:20 MTWTh, SCI 122
Instructor: Steve T. Paik
Office: SCI 273
Email: [email protected]
Webpage: homepage.smc.edu/paik_steve/p6
Description: This 4-unit course is designed for life-science majors and serves as an introduction
Collisions along a line
In the absence of external forces the total momentum of a system is constant in time this is the statement of
conservation of linear momentum. Mathematically, one may write this as ptot = 0 or ptot, i = ptot, f, where the
subscript
Uniform Circular Motion and Centripetal Forces
In this experiment you will investigate uniform (constant speed) circular motion by analyzing and predicting the
forces that are responsible for circular motion. Such forces are called centripetal forces.
The
Ballistic pendulum
In this experiment you will apply the conservation of linear momentum and energy to solve approximately for
the motion of a pendulum.
1. Consider a small projectile of mass m with initial horizontal velocity
v0 that collides with and st
Graphing Linear Motion
In this lab you will graph the motion of a person moving in a straight line as a function of time. You will learn how motion can be described in terms
of position, velocity, and acceleration.
In each of the following problems you wi
Force Vectors and Equilibrium
A force corresponds to ones intuitive notion of a push or pull. For a person to exert a force on something they
must make contact with it. Generally, forces arise from the interaction between two bodies.
1. Is force character
Sound Waves
Introduction: In this laboratory you will investigate some aspects of sound waves.
1. Obtain a speaker and small resonance tube from the front of the room. Measure its length L and radius R.
a) If one end of the tube is kept open and the other
Projectile Motion
A projectile is an object launched (projected) with some velocity into the air that subsequently moves under
the influence of gravity and gravity alone. In this experiment you will investigate several aspects of such
motion.
Determining
Transverse Waves on a String (Physics 6 version)
In this laboratory you will investigate properties of standing waves on a string.
Preliminary Questions:
1. Consider a string of density fixed at one end and with a mass M attached to the other end as shown
Accelerating wheel: how torque causes angular acceleration
In this lab you will get experience solving both versions of Newtons 2nd law: F = ma and = I .
You will use these equations to find the rotational inertia I of an asymmetrical object that is free
Forces and Newtons Laws
Notation: In the text a bold typeface indicates a vector quantity. For example, v means velocity vector.
Free-body diagrams
A free-body diagram (fbd) is an abstract representation of a system of objects that shows only the forces e
Measurement and Uncertainty
Our scientific knowledge largely depends on our ability to obtain correct information about the properties of
matter. Often this information is quantitative (i.e., involving numbers) in the form of measurements. In this
experim
Physics 6 Useful Formulas
bold symbols indicate vector quantities
Units
1 m = 100 cm = 1000 mm
1 L = 1000 mL = 1000 cm3
Algebra
Work and energy
W = F|d = (F cos)d
Ktrans = mv2
Krot = I2
Ugrav = mgy
Uel = kx2
Wtot, ext = K + U + Eint
x2 + 2bx + c = 0 x = b