18 Physics Tutorials

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Conservative Forces and Conservation of Energy (Proof)

In this short section we will a) define conservative forces and b) prove that such forces conserve a quantity we call energy for constant mass systems. A conservative force \vec{F} is defined as:

(1)   \begin{equation*} \vec{F} = - \nabla U(\vec{r}) \end{equation*}

Where U is a function of the coordinates.Now we multiply both sides by $\vec{v} =…

Kinematic Relationships for AP Physics C

The relationship between position, velocity, and acceleration are an integral part of understanding how to approach kinematics problems for AP Physics C. These relationships can help you read and understand a graph, and they can help you solve for variables when given an equation for one of these quantities.

Projectile Motion Properties

Projectile motion is one of the keys concepts in physics and can be defined as 2-dimensional kinematic motion in which an object is launched at a certain angle giving the object motion in both the x and y directions. These problems are important to physics because they encapsulate concepts from kinematics and a key concept…

Choosing the Appropriate Kinematics Equation

In the study of motion in physics, there are five kinematics equations that can be used to solve problems involving constant acceleration. They are: V = Vo + at d = 1/2*(Vo + V)*t d = Vo*t + 1/2*at^2 d = V*t – 1/2*at^2 V^2 = Vo^2 + 2ad Notice that each equation contains exactly…

Mechanics Made Easy: Dimensional Analysis

In physics, a situation or formula can be evaluated by its dimensions (i.e. Length[L], Time[T], Mass[M], etc). Dimensional analysis, as it is called, checks to see if the dimensions of a formula are balanced on each side. This method of evaluation can be useful because it ensures both sides of an equation have matching units.…

Mechanics Made Easy: Newton’s Laws of Motion

Newton’s First Law of Motion reads “An object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force.” This is where we get the idea of inertia: an object’s tendency to keep on its current course…

Energy Loss Incurred when Charging a Capacitor in a RC Circuit

Among their many applications, capacitors are often used as short-term energy storage elements in electronic systems. When a capacitor charges in a simple series RC (resistor-capacitor) circuit, the energy stored in the capacitor increases as it charges and the resistor dissipates energy as the capacitor charging current passes through it. Series resistance is present in…

Kinematics – Projectile Motion

In this problem, we will work on projectile motion. It is important in these types of problems to look at the given quantities and find the appropriate kinematic equation(s) to relate those to the quantity you are looking for. A diagram can help with this.

Wave Interference

Waves have the unique property that they can simultaneously exist in the same place. When two waves occupy the same space, their functions are added together. When waves have opposite signed values when they pass through each other, they cancel out. This is known as destructive interference. When waves have same signed values when they…

Motion of objects under gravity

Have you wondered why an apple hits the ground when it falls from a tree but why the moon does not hit the earth? In this tutorial, we will look at different types of motion under gravity.