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Physics 100 Please pick up a clicker! Reminder: All lecture notes posted, after lecture, follow link at: http:// Homework: First is due Feb 4 (see website above)
Physics 100
  • Please pick up a clicker!
  • Reminder: All lecture notes posted, after lecture, follow link at:
  • Homework: First is due Feb 4 (see website above)
  • Note: Before the actual lecture, a “Pre-Lecture” is available on line, which is the lecture (more or less) without clicker questions. Pre-lectures are removed after the lecture, replaced by the actual lecture.Even if you download the pre-lecture, you should later download and go through the lecture.
  • Today: Chapter 3
  • Chapter 3: Linear MotionPreliminaries
  • Linear motion is motion in a straight line.
  • Note that motion is relative: e.g. your paper is moving at
  • 107 000 km/hr relative to the sun. But it is at rest relative to you. Unless otherwise stated, when we talk about speed of things in the environment, we will mean relative to the Earth’s surface. Clicker QuestionAnswer: 3, same time.You, and both life preservers are moving with the current – relative to you before you start swimming, neither of the life preservers are moving. An analogy: We can think of things on earth as being in a “current” traveling at 107 000 km/h relative to sun. distanceSpeed = timeSpeed
  • Speed measures “how fast” :
  • Units: eg. km/h, mi/h (or mph), m/smeters per second, standard units for physicsInstantaneous vs Average SpeedThings don’t always move at the same speed, e.g. car starts at 0 km/h, speed up to 50 km/h, stay steady for a while, and then slow down again to stop. average speed, is just the average of the speed over the time interval, but also…speed50 km/h0 km/htimetotal distance coveredAverage speed =time intervalEg. Carl Lewis once ran 100m in 9.92s.
  • What was his average speed during that run?
  • Average speed = distance/time = 100m/9.92s = 10.1 m/s
  • How much distance did he cover per second, on average?
  • 10.1 m, by definition of average speed
  • How did this relate to his top speed? (i.e. is it greater or less or the same)
  • Top speed is greater (actually about 10% over !)Velocity
  • Velocity is speed in a given direction (velocity is a vector, speed is a scalar)
  • E.g. 5 km/h northwest is a velocity; 5km/h is a speed
  • When there’s just one direction of interest (e.g. up or down), often indicate direction by + or -
  • Note that an object may have constant speed but a changing velocity
  • Eg. Whirling a ball at the end of a string, in a horizontal circle – same speed at all times, but changing directions. Or, think of a car rounding a bend, speedometer may not change but velocity is changing, since direction is.
  • change of velocity Acceleration = time intervalAcceleration
  • Measures how quickly velocity changes:
  • E.g. We “feel” acceleration when we lurch backward in the subway (or car, bike etc) when it starts, or when it stops (lurch forward), or turns (lean to one side)
  • Note acceleration refers to : decreases in speed, increases in speed, and/or changes in direction i.e. to changes in the state of motion. Newton’s 1st law says then there must be a force acting (more next lecture)
  • Note also that acceleration has a direction
  • Clicker QuestionWhat is the acceleration of a cheetah that zips past you going at a constant velocity of 60 mph?
  • 0
  • 60 mi/h2
  • Not enough information given to answer problem
  • None of the above
  • AnswerWhat is the acceleration of a cheetah that zips past you going at a constant velocity of 60 mph?Constant velocity means no change in velocity i.e. no acceleration
  • 0
  • 60 mi/h2
  • Not enough information given to answer problem
  • None of the above
  • Questions
  • A certain car goes from rest to 100 km/h in 10 s. What is its acceleration?
  • 10 km/h.s(note units!)b) In 2 s, a car increases its speed from 60 km/h to 65 km/h while a bicycle goes from rest to 5 km/h. Which undergoes the greater acceleration?The accelerations are the same, since they both gain 5 km/h in 2s, so acceleration = (change in v)/(time interval) = (5 km/h)/(2 s) = 2.5 km/ What is the average speed of each vehicle in that 2 s interval, if we assume the acceleration is constant ? For car: 62.5 km/h For bike: 2.5 km/hClicker QuestionCan an object have zero velocity but non-zero acceleration?
  • Yes
  • No
  • Answer: A) Yes!Eg. Throw a ball up in the air – at the top of its flight, as it turns around it has momentarily zero speed but is changing its direction of motion, so has non-zero accelerationI’d like to take attendance now. Please enter the last 4 digits of your SSN into your clicker, and click send..Eg. Free-fall from rest Time(s)Velocity(m/s)0 0 1 10 2 20 3 30 .. .. t 10 tFree-FallHow fast? During each second of fall, the object speeds up by about 10 m/s (independent of its weight)
  • Free-fall: when falling object falls under influence of gravity alone (no air resistance, nor any other restraint).
  • Hence, free-fall acceleration = 10 m/s2i.e. velocity gain of 10 meters per second, per secondWe call this acc. due to gravity, g. Near surface of Earth, g = 9.8 m/s2 downwards.So write v = g t if object dropped from restNote! We rounded g to 10 m/s2 in the table…What happens if object is thrown upwards, instead of being dropped? Once released, it continues to move upwards for a while, then comes back down. At the top, its instantaneous speed is zero (changing direction); then it starts downward just as if it had been dropped from rest at that height. -- As it rises, it slows down at a rate of g. -- At the top, it has zero velocity as it changes its direction from up to down. -- As it falls, it speeds up at a rate of g. -- Equal elevations have equal speed (but opposite velocity)Clicker Question
  • A ball is thrown up in the air. What is acceleration as it rises and falls?
  • g = 9.8 m/s2 downwards
  • g = 9.8 m/s2 upwards as it rises and g = 9.8 m/s2 downwards as it falls
  • It starts out with a small acceleration that decreases as it rises, then increases as it falls
  • None of the above
  • Answer: AThe acceleration due to gravity is always g = 9.8m/s2 (near the surface of the earth) and points towards earth. When ball is thrown up, its speed decreases because acceleration (= rate of change of velocity) is in a direction opposite to its velocity. As it falls, it speeds up since acceleration is in the same direction as velocity. Don’t confuse velocity and acceleration!Free-fall continued:How far?i.e. what distance is travelled? From the sketch before, we see distance fallen in equal time intervals, increases as time goes on.Actually, one can show (appendix in book), for any uniformly accelerating object starting from rest, distance travelled, d = ½ (acceleration x time x time)So in free-fall when dropped from rest : d = ½ g t 2 Free-fall: Time(s) Distance fallen(m) 0 0 1 5 2 20 3 45 .. .. t ½ 10 t2Free-fall continued:Aside: Notice that in the 1st second, the distance is 5m, so the average speed is 5 m/s. On the other hand, the instantaneous speed at the beginning of the 1st sec ( ie t=0) is 0 and at the end of 1st sec is v = 10 m/s (earlier table). So, in this case, the average speed is the average of the initial and final speeds.…in free-fall when dropped from rest:d = ½ g t 2Application: “Hang-time” of jumpers
  • Michael Jordan’s best hang-time was 0.9 s – this is the time the feet are off the ground. Let’s round this to 1 s. How high can he jump?
  • Use d = ½ g t2 . For 1 s hang-time, that’s ½ s up and ½ s down. So, substituting d = ½ (10) (1/2)2 = 1.25 mThis is about 4 feet!Note that good athletes, dancers etc may appear to jump higher, but very few can raise their center of gravity more than 4 feet. Summary of definitionsClicker QuestionAnswer: 2 The ball to win the race is the ball having the greatest average speed. Along each track both balls have identical speeds—except at the dip in Track B. Instantaneous speeds everywhere in the dip are greater than the flat part of the track. Greater speed in the dip means greater overall average speed and shorter time for a ball on Track B. Note that both balls finish at the same speed, but not in the same time. Although the speed gained when going down the dip is the same as the speed lost coming out of the dip, average speed while in the dip is greater than along the flat part of the track.If this seems tricky, it’s the classic confusion between speed and time.Question (to think about…)Answer: 1: The windy trip will take more time. E.g. Suppose the cities are 600 km apart, and the airspeed of the plane is 300 km/h (relative to still air). Then time each way with no wind is 2 hours. Roundtrip time is 4 hours. Now consider a 100 km/h tailwind going, so groundspeed is (300 + 100) km/h. Then the time is (600 km)/(400km/h) = 1 hour and 30 minutes.Returning groundspeed is (300 – 100) km/h, and the time is (600 km)/(200km/h) = 3 hours. So the windy round trip takes 4.5 hours—longer than with no wind at all.
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