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Elementary_Mechanics_and_Thermodynamics_-_J._Norbury

Elementary_Mechanics_and_Thermodynamics_-_J._Norbury

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ELEMENTARYMECHANICS & THERMODYNAMICS
Professor John W. Norbury
Physics DepartmentUniversity of Wisconsin-MilwaukeeP.O. Box 413Milwaukee, WI 53201November 20, 2000
 
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Contents
1 MOTION ALONG A STRAIGHT LINE 11
1.1 Motion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121.2 Position and Displacement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121.3 Average Velocity and Average Speed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141.4 Instantaneous Velocity and Speed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 171.5 Acceleration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 181.6 Constant Acceleration: A Special Case . . . . . . . . . . . . . 201.7 Another Look at Constant Acceleration . . . . . . . . . . . . 231.8 Free-Fall Acceleration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 241.9 Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
2 VECTORS 31
2.1 Vectors and Scalars . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 322.2 Adding Vectors: Graphical Method . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 332.3 Vectors and Their Components . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 342.3.1 Review of Trigonometry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 342.3.2 Components of Vectors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 372.4 Unit Vectors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 392.5 Adding Vectors by Components . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 412.6 Vectors and the Laws of Physics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 432.7 Multiplying Vectors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 432.7.1 The Scalar Product
(often called dot product)
. . . . . 432.7.2 The Vector Product . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 452.8 Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46
3 MOTION IN 2 & 3 DIMENSIONS 47
3.1 Moving in Two or Three Dimensions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 483.2 Position and Displacement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 483.3 Velocity and Average Velocity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 483

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