Physics 163 First Semester Review

This web page provides links to online resources which will be useful for preparation for the first semester final exam. Each individual concept is categorized according to subject and linked to relevant pages at the GBS site. The number of questions pertaining to each subject category is listed in parenthesis. To perform well on the first semester exam, you will need to internalize the meaning of the listed concepts. These concepts will have to be utilized, applied and connected. In addition to this review sheet, there is also a series of practice questions with accompanying answers.

 

Unit 1: Motion in One Dimension (10 Q's)

Scalars vs. Vectors
  • definition
  • units
  • meaning

     

Distance vs. Displacement

  • definition
  • units
  • meaning

     

Speed vs. Velocity

  • definition
  • units
  • meaning

     

Acceleration

  • meaning
  • definition
  • units
  • calculations
  • direction of acceleration vector
  • connections to graphs, data, and ticker tapes

     

Ticker Tape Interpretations

  • at rest vs. constant speed vs. + or - acceleration

     

Graphs

Free Fall Motion

 

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Kinematic Equations

 

Unit 2: Newton's Laws of Motion (11 Q's)

Newton's First Law

Newton's Second Law

Net Force Concept

Newton's Third Law

Mass vs. Weight

Air resistance

 

Unit 3: Motion in Two Dimensions (22 Q's)

Vector Addition

Vector Resolution

Projectiles

Inclined Planes

  • free-body diagrams
  • resolution of Fgrav into parallel and perpendicular components
  • force analysis and accel'n calculation

     

Equilibrium Situations (e.g., sign-hanging)

  • free-body diagrams
  • resolution of Ftens into horizontal and vertical components
  • force analysis and determ'n of tension, weight or angle

     

Acceleration of objects by forces at angles

  • free-body diagrams
  • resolution of Fapp into horizontal and vertical components
  • force analysis and accel'n calculations

     

 

Unit 4: Momentum and Its Conservation (7 Q's)

Impulse
  • definition
  • units
  • equation and calculations
  • big F * small t vs. small F * big t
  • meaning and application

     

Momentum (p)

  • definition
  • units
  • equation and calculations
  • big m * small v vs. small m * big v
  • meaning and application

     

Impulse-momentum change equation

  • simple calculations
  • rebound problems

     

Collisions in an isolated system

 

Unit 5: Work, Energy and Power (8 Q's)

Work
  • definition
  • units
  • examples and non-examples
  • equation (meaning of "Theta") and calculations

 

Potential energy

  • definition
  • units
  • equation and calculations
  • qualitative aspect - effect of doubling or tripling the mass or height

 

Kinetic energy

  • definition
  • units
  • equation and calculations
  • qualitative aspect - effect of doubling or tripling the mass or apeed

 

Total mechanical energy

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Internal vs. external forces and the connection to work and energy change

Energy conservation

Power

  • definition
  • units
  • equation
  • simple calculations
  • meaning and application

 

Unit 6: Circular and Satellite Motion (7 Q's)

Uniform circular motion

Universal Gravitation (NOT on the 2000-2001 Final Exam)

Satellite Motion (NOT on the 2000-2001 Final Exam)

 

 

 


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