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Lesson 1: Newton's First Law of Motion

Newton's First Law

Inertia and Mass

State of Motion

Balanced and Unbalanced Forces


Lesson 2: Force and Its Representation

The Meaning of Force

Types of Forces

Free-Body Diagrams

Determining the Net Force


Lesson 3 : Newton's Second Law of Motion

Newton's Second Law

The Big Misconception

Finding Acceleration

Finding Individual Forces

Free Fall and Air Resistance


Lesson 4 : Newton's Third Law of Motion

Newton's Third Law

Action and Reaction Force Pairs


 

Lesson 1: Newton's Laws of Motion

State of Motion

Inertia is the tendency of an object to resist changes in its state of motion. But what is meant by the phrase state of motion? The state of motion of an object is defined by its velocity - the speed with a direction. Thus, inertia could be redefined as follows:

Inertia: tendency of an object to resist changes in its velocity.

 

An object at rest has zero velocity - and (in the absence of an unbalanced force) will remain with a zero velocity. Such an object will not change its state of motion (i.e., velocity) unless acted upon by an unbalanced force. An object in motion with a velocity of 2 m/s, East will (in the absence of an unbalanced force) remain in motion with a velocity of 2 m/s, East. Such an object will not change its state of motion (i.e., velocity) unless acted upon by an unbalanced force. Objects resist changes in their velocity.

As learned in an earlier unit, an object which is not changing its velocity is said to have an acceleration of 0 m/s/s. Thus, we could provide an alternative means of defining inertia:

Inertia: tendency of an object to resist accelerations.

 

 

Check Your Understanding

1. The group of physics teachers are taking some time off for a little putt-putt golf. The 15th hole at the Hole-In-One Putt-Putt Golf Course has a large metal rim which putters must use to guide their ball towards the hole. Mr. S guides a golf ball around the metal rim When the ball leaves the rim, which path (1, 2, or 3) will the golf ball follow?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. A 4.0-kg object is moving across a friction-free surface with a constant velocity of 2 m/s. Which one of the following horizontal forces is necessary to maintain this state of motion?

a. 0 N

b. 0.5 N

c. 2.0 N

d. 8.0 N

e. depends on the speed.

 

 

 

Lesson 1: Newton's First Law of Motion

 

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