What is Basic physics: Definition and 151 Discussions
The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to physics:
Physics – natural science that involves the study of matter and its motion through spacetime, along with related concepts such as energy and force. More broadly, it is the general analysis of nature, conducted in order to understand how the universe behaves.
Hello respected members,
I have been studying Sears and Zemansky's university physics, and I have encountered the following statement.
I could not understand it well, so my question is: Why is fluid equilibrium based on Newton's first and third laws?
Here is my try:
- Newton's first law...
I learnt that wavefronts can be spherical, cylindrical or planar. But i wonder, if one were to observe light waves of different wavefronts with naked eyes, how would they appear? Would they appear all the same or would there be any difference in how we see them?
Just a basic question that I felt...
I am teaching an ESL student in English very basic physics like friction and forces- it needs to be very simplified with quantitative explanations- a lot more easy to understand with pictural descriptions and I basically have to show what I bring from home and this being Japan the resources...
In my teacher’s notes, it said that when the applied force on an object equals the maximum static frictional force, the object begins to move at constant velocity. My question is if both the applied force and the frictional force cancel as they are equal in magnitude, what force accelerates the...
There is something I don't understand. Isn't every object, if thrown, the initial velocity is zero? Please take a look at below example. Why the initial velocity in the below example is 98 ms^-1? Please explain. I also would like to ask what textbook contain a lot of basic physics example for...
Can someone please tell me what basic physics book for workbook/problem/exercises with answers/solutions is best for beginner. I am looking for book with famous publishers such as McGraw-Hill, John Wiley, Prentice Hall, Addison Wesley, Brooks Cole, Cengage Learning and so on. Thank you.
Can someone please tell me what basic physics book that has many examples especially on below subjects and has good illustrations?
Kinematics in one dimension
Kinematics in two dimensions
Dynamics: Newton's Laws of motion
Circular motion
Gravitation
Work and energy
Linear momentum
Rotational...
Hello everyone! I am trying to figure out a work load / Pulling ability of trailers for the company I work for. We produce Electric bikes that have attachable utility trailers..
The general Wattage output for these E-bikes is 1000w. The trailers Mechanical advantage = 62.15MA. (WR=11 & AR=...
So, I actually haven't had read a textbook on physics except for Mechanics, and I would like to self-study the classical physics topics.
For my mathematics, I know till basic Calculus(Currently studying Thomas Calculus).
So I studied first "The Project Physics Course, Concepts of Motion unit 1"...
The car in front of us (2.car): ## s_2=v_0t ##
The car that is accelerating (1.car): ## s_1=x+2l+s_2= \frac{1}{2} at^2 ##
Now, if we substitute the equations, we get ## x+ 2l+ v_0t= \frac{1}{2} at^2 ##.
I have now 1equation with 2variables (a, t)- any suggestions on how to continue?
Homework Statement
The water in a river flows uniformly at a constant speed
of 2.50 m/s between parallel banks 80.0 m apart. You
are to deliver a package across the river, but you can
swim only at 1.50 m/s.
(c) If you choose to minimize the distance downstream
that the river carries you, in...
Homework Statement
Homework Equations
The kinematic equations--namely, Sf = S0 + V0Δt
The Attempt at a Solution
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I am a bit confused as it seems this problem is very straight-forward.
My known variables:
X0 = 0m
Y0 = 1.7m
Δt = 3.92s
V0 = 29m/s
Θ = 60ο
Yf = ?
So, I just use the above...
Homework Statement
Homework Equations
v = I + j + k
v = d/t
The Attempt at a Solution
I thought the answer was as simple as: v = 63i + 0j + 0k, since the car only has motion in one direction...
...but I got it wrong, so clearly I'm missing something here.
Is there an upper bound on the amount of sustainable energy/unit time that could ever be made useful to mankind?
For instance, if we imagine that the entire surface area of the Earth were covered with deserts and no cloud ever appeared in the sky and then computed the rate of sunlight energy...
Can someone please answer a few questions I have? I am relatively (get it) new to physics and I just have a few questions. 1) Does energy have mass? It seems like energy does not have mass but i thought e=mc2 proved that it does. 2) Does gravity have an effect on energy? 3) If photons do not...
Hi, I want to start learning physics as I have never studied it in my life but have now taken an interest towards it. I have quite literally zero knowledge on physics, so assume I haven’t taken middle school or high school courses on physics, as I haven’t. I’m 17 currently, but that shouldn’t...
Homework Statement
The following is the equation of ideal gas law, where p is pressure (Force/Area), V is volume, n is number of moles and T is temperature in Kelvin. What is the fundamental unit of R?
pV = nRT
A. kg^−1 · m^−2 · s^ 2 · K · mol
B. kg^−1 · m^−4 · s ^2 · K · mol
C. kg · m^4 · s...
Homework Statement
Homework Equations
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Hi, this is a question from the OCR for self studying purposes. Only the first question is relevant for me. I know that the solution is 120N in the opposite direction to the weight, but i can't get to...
Homework Statement
a car starts from hither , goes 50km in a straight line to yon , immediately turns around, and turns to hither . the time for this round trip is 2 hours . the average speed of the car for this round trip is ?
Homework Equations
average velocity = disrance covered /time
The...
Hi all,
Background:
I'm working on a project where I am dropping an arduino with an accelerometer from ~100 ft in the air to measure it's acceleration during free fall and at impact. I need to compare my collected data with predicted models.
I have the model for free fall (just 9.8m/s^2)...
Homework Statement
So we are given a group of numbers and just wants us to answer some questions. Pretty sure I got it right just want to confirm since we only get one attempt at submitting it.
1) 150+.0005cm
2) 150 + 1cm
3) 65 + 10cm
4) 170 + 10cm
a) which one is most precise?
b) Which one...
Should someone still learning basic physics concern themselves with cutting edge theories, hypotheses, experiments, and so on?
I am not sure, on the grounds that laymen translations tend to give the wrong impression.
I have been struggling through my physics class this summer (it doesn't help that 5 months worth of material is crammed into 2 months in an online classroom). This site has helped me out a lot, but I am still stumbling through understanding when to use certain equations. When I started reading...
Sorry for the title, and sorry if there is already a thread on it.
This induction charger for a public transport bus. Can anyone break it down into basic formulas of high school physics. The air gap is frikkin huge. Earlier prototypes apparently had a secondary coil on the bus that was lowered...
Homework Statement
I'm having trouble finding the coefficient of kinetic friction for a lab using spring scales.
Mass=.411kg
Normal Force=4.0278
Average Pull Force=.46N
Frictional Force= -.46NHomework Equations
μ k = Fk / N.
The Attempt at a Solution
μ k = -.46N/4.0278
μ k = -.1142
Homework Statement
For my physics IA, I am finding the specific heat capacity of water-solute mixtures and finding how the specific heat differs from that of just water alone. I have the mass of the mixture, for example baking soda and water was 914.75g and changed 175.8 degrees Fahrenheit in...
Straight from my physics textbook:
For objects moving at high speeds through air, such as airplanes, skydivers, cars, and baseballs, the resistive force is reasonably well modeled as proportional to the square of the speed. In these situations, the magnitude of the resistive force can be...
I'm extremely interested in physics at the moment and I'm kind of giving physics a beta test to see if I'd like it as a career... and so far I love it; I have rented a physics book from my library and I'm able to do only a few equations but it can be difficult to understand what the text is...
I almost feel embarrassed to ask this. I've always understood it to be that the higher the frequency, the higher the energy (at least from what I've been taught). However, something has always bugged me: why then, when a medium is involved, are the lower frequencies the ones that make it...
I need a book that is under 400-500 pages which covers all of basic physics nicely. Every introductory algebra-based physics book I have seen has over 1000 pages and I just need a concise book right now, for some personal reasons.
It should cover the following topics:
1. General physics
1.1...
Hey, I've seen a few posts on this without any responses I really thought helped (at least help answer my question).
So, I was hoping somebody on the forums here could help walk me through the basic physics of a coilgun. Basically, how could you characterize the magnetic field inside the...
ok, i know this is really basic, but if you don't ask then nobody can help. I'm trying to understand the basic way that math works with physics. for example, if i wanted to build a time machine, why would i need to use the math of physics? why would i need to solve math equations? wouldn't i...
So I was given this on a recent physics problem.
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I understand vectors completely, I just don't know where to start. Specifically where it mentions maximum angular separation am I confused. Any type of hints/assistance is appreciated.
A 90 kg box is pushed by a horizontal force F at constant speed up a ramp inclined at 28°, as shown. Determine the magnitude of the applied force.
a. when the ramp is frictionless.
b) when the coefficient of kinetic friction is 0.18.
Fnet = ma
Fg= mg
Ff=uk(Fn)
a) With upwards and right as...
As you can see in the below image, they use computers for some of their experiments. What will students do with it?! (Who are `they`? Find them here.)img: http://physics.nyu.edu/~physlab/GenPhysII_PhysIII/Scope&EKG.jpg
img2: http://physics.nyu.edu/~physlab/Classical and Quantum Wave...
Homework Statement
A bike and its rider have a total mass of 86kg. If the rider is coasting on level ground at 9m/s and a 40N head wind acts on the rider for 12 seconds. What is the final velocity of the rider?
Homework Equations
The Attempt at a Solution
Assumption (Converting...
(Problem) I was watching a show and it showed a skydiver drop some pennies as he was falling. The pennies flew straight up into the air. I was wondering why this happened. Shouldn't the pennies have stayed next to the diver since they would have the same acceleration due to gravity? I know that...
Hi,
I am taking a high school physics course, and there are a few points at which I am getting a bit of confusion.
My first area of confusion relates to Newton's Laws. There are a few scenarios in which I am not clear as to the interaction of forces, etc.
a) Exactly why does putting...
So as I have been completing my physics homework, there is one question I can not get passed. However I feel as if I already have the answer. The question is: What is the speed of the car 10.0 s after it begins its motion if it continues to move with the same acceleration?
The original...
An alpha particle is moving in the positive x direction with a speed of 0.0050c = 1.50 * 10^6. When the particle is at the orgin, find the magnetic field at a) P3: x = 1.0,y = 1.0,z = 1.0
The book answer is r3 = sqrt(3) = 1.73 and vecto r3 from q to p3 and vector v form a plane that makes...
Homework Statement
An object moves with the velocity of 3.7 m/s, ahead there is a "hill". How far up the "hill" will the object get before it stops? Calculate "h". Assume there is no friction.
The Attempt at a Solution
Well, I really don't know much about how to calculate these...
My physics core is a little bit weak, and this one question confuses me.
Homework Statement
A 3kg box sits on top of a 7 kg box. The object accelerates at 1 m/s^2. Find the force applied on the bottom block; if there are no forces besides this one.
Homework Equations
F= ma
The...
So, I know this stuff is probably very elementary for most of the people on this site, but I have never had physics before, and I just started physics I at college. The professor has asked us to learn a few basic physics terms and I am having a hard time finding clear definitions for some of...
I'm trying to get a grip on some classic physics by watching a Stanford lecture. I've made it through the first one, and now in the second one all the professor ever talks about is 'derivatives' without actually explaining what they are. I guess the Stanford population would be assured with some...
I'm 15 (going to be 16) and will be going into my junior year of high school.
I will be taking Pre-cal and Chem 2, but I would like to learn a little bit of physics during this summer.
Do you guys have any suggestions or should I wait until I get done with pre-cal?
I would just like to know...
Hey,
I have been put in the position in which I have required to write a formal 'critique' of a physics related journal article. The catch is that I am limited to more basic theories as the people who will be reading the critique are from the facaulty of arts, which blew all of my ideas out...
I'm a freshman in High School who is, like most of you, interested in learning about physics. I am, however, fairly new to the topic and have been looking at some books to learn from such as: Physics I for dummies, Basic Physics : A Self-Teaching Guide, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Physics...
The most physics I ever took was Physics C in high school (physics with calculus). I have now forgotten almost all of it, with remnants of memory here and there (Biot-Savart law comes to mind). Anyway, this not a homework question. I am trying to trap some metal particles at a particular...
I've come to the conclusion that there is no such thing as a good physics book. Every one has multiple problems with it. The only book which approaches the level of mathematical rigor necessary for learning the general principles of physics is Alonso-Finn. The rest are just plug-and-chug...