Physic's lectures presented during 2016 MORT U sessions by Matthew Otey and Brian Holton
Plenty of measurements in physics require both magnitude and direction to be accounted for. These are called vectors, and are represented as arrows.
Changes in an object's location or position over a period of time. Several measurements in motion are vectors:
- Displacement (from starting to destination point)
- Distance can be measured in feet or meters
- Velocity (speed with direction)
- Velocity can be measure in ft/s or m/s
- Acceleration (how quickly does the velocity change?)
- Acceleration can be measured in or
- There are a few types of motion
- Linear (1D, straight line)
- Parabolic (2D, including gravity)
- Rotational (turning around an axis)
- Circular (revolution, not rotation)
- Periodic (oscillations, back-and-forth)
A mass of any kind requires an unbalanced force in order to change its motion(accelerate)
Forces are vectors that result in the motion of objects when they are unbalanced
Newton's Three Laws of Motion:
- Inertia: objects will remain in motion or at rest unless an unbalanced force acts on it.
- For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction
Inertia is not a force. It is the natural tendency for objects to continue what they are doing
- Applied (direct propulsion or contact)
- Tension (pulled)
- Friction (resistance)
- Normal (surface)
- Weight (gravity)
The force of friction depends on the surfaces in contact with each other.
Friction always opposes potential or occurring motion.
A machine to make a task easier to perform(?)
- Lever: Inclined plane.
- Pulley: Wheel and Axle
- If an object is displaced by some force, when the work is accomplished. This is a vector measured in Joules
A requirement in order to accomplish work (Joules)
- Mechanical (kinetic and potential)
- Thermal (friction)
The tendency for an object to continue moving the way it is moving. This is a vector quantity.
Momentum is always conserved in collisions
Elastic collisions → kinetic energy is conserved
Inelastic collisions → ?
The flow of electric charge, particularly electrons, to power circuits and components.
Conductors allow charge to flow. Insulators prevent the flow of charge.
Generally, the electronic components we will be using will abide by Ohm's Law.
- V, Voltage - electrical potential - Volts
- I, Current - flow of electricity - Amps
- R, Resistance, material preventing flow - Ohms (Ω)
Fuses physically break to prevent overwhelming current from overheating/destroying a circuit.
Circuit breakers trip (turn off) when too much current flows through them
0.07 Amps is enough send the human body into cardiac arrest
Using a CIM motor with a 10-tooth gear and a direct drive configuration, revolutions per second can be calculated by
With a 4[?]" wheel, inches per revolution can be calculated by
Gears connect to gears. Sprockets connect to each other via chain.
The speed of the edge of a spinning object given by the equation
Rotational speed is denoted by
The number of teeth on a gear is proportional to the radius
denotes Torque in N-m (Newton Meters)
A force is a push or a pull Torque causes something to rotate As gear speed decreases, torque increases. Torque and speed are inversely proportional
Center of Mass
Center of Mass for an arm is