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Physics nptes key definitions. Newtons Law And Momentum, Circular Motion And Oscillations, Thermal Physics

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Physics Unit 1: The Newtonian World

Module 1: Newton’s Law And Momentum

  • Newton’s First Law – A force is necessary to change the state of rest or of uniform motion in a straight line of a body
  • Momentum/Linear Momentum – The mass of an object multiplied by its velocity
  • Newton’s Second Law – The rate of change of the momentum of an object is directly proportional to the resultant net force acting upon it
  • One Newton is the force that gives a mass of one kilogram an acceleration of one metre per second each second
  • Mass – The inertia of an object/how difficult it is to accelerate an object
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Inelastic Collision – Momentum is conserved, but kinetic energy is not

Module 2: Circular Motion And Oscillations

  • Radian – The angle subtended at the centre of a circle by an arc of length equal to the circle’s radius
  • Period – The time taken to complete one revolution
  • Centripetal Acceleration – The acceleration of a body moving in a circle with a constant speed
  • Field – The region in which a force operates
  • Gravitational Field Strength – The force acting per unit mass at that point
  • Newton’s Law Of Gravitation – The gravitational force of attraction between two bodies is directly proportional to the product of their masses and inversely proportional to the square of the distance between them
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  • Phase – Whether a substance is a solid, liquid or a gas
  • Internal Energy – The sum of the random distributions of kinetic and potential energies of all the molecules in the body
  • Ideal Gas – A gas that has internal energy only in the form of random kinetic energy
  • Thermal Equilibrium – Two objects at the same temperature
  • Specific Heat Capacity – The quantity of thermal energy required to raise the temperature of a unit mass of a substance by a unit temperature rise
  • Specific Latent Heat – The quantity of energy per unit mass required to change it at constant temperature from a  solid into a liquid
  • Boyle’s Law – The volume of a fixed mass of gas is inversely proportional to the pressure exerted on it, provided the temperature is kept constant

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