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Elementary Mechanics and Thermodynamics

Elementary Mechanics and Thermodynamics

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ELEMENTARY
MECHANICS & THERMODYNAMICS
Professor John W. Norbury
Physics Department
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
P.O. Box 413
Milwaukee, WI 53201
November 20, 2000
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Contents
1 MOTION ALONG A STRAIGHT LINE
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1.1 Motion. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 1.2 Position and Displacement. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 1.3 Average Velocity and Average Speed. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 1.4 Instantaneous Velocity and Speed. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 1.5 Acceleration. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 1.6 Constant Acceleration: A Special Case. . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 1.7 Another Look at Constant Acceleration. . . . . . . . . . . . 23 1.8 Free-FallAcceleration. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 1.9 Problems. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

2 VECTORS
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2.1 Vectors and Scalars. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
2.2 Adding Vectors: Graphical Method. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
2.3 Vectors and Their Components. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
2.3.1 Review of Trigonometry. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
2.3.2 Components of Vectors. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37

2.4 UnitVectors. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 2.5 Adding Vectors by Components. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 2.6 Vectors and the Laws of Physics. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 2.7 MultiplyingVectors. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43

2.7.1 The Scalar Product(often called dot product). . . . .43
2.7.2 The Vector Product. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45
2.8 Problems. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46
3 MOTION IN 2 & 3 DIMENSIONS
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3.1 Moving in Two or Three Dimensions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 3.2 Position and Displacement. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 3.3 Velocity and Average Velocity. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48

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