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# CHAPTER 1

INTRODUCTIO
N TO
PHYSICS
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PHYSICS?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Physics
Physics (Greek: physis
meaning "nature") is the
natural science which examines
basic concepts such as energy, force,
and spacetime and all that derives
from these, such as mass, charge,
matter[1] and its motion.
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[2]

[4]

## More broadly, it is the general

analysis of nature, conducted in
order to understand how the world
and universe behave. [3]
Note that the term 'universe' is
defined as everything that physically
exists: the entirely of space and time,
all forms of matter, energy and
momentum, and the physical laws
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Physics is a branch of science which
studies physical and natural
Physics is a branch of science
concerning the study of natural
phenomena, that is, properties of
matter and energy. (Pelangi)
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Physics is a branch of science
centred on the study of matter,
energy and the connection between
them. (Text book)

## Why do we study physics?

Knowledge of physics can help us
understand natural phenomena such
as formation of rainbows, solar
eclipse, the cause of sunset and sun
rise, etc.

## Force and motion

Heat
Light
Electricity and electromagnetism
Nuclear physics
Electronics
Wave
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Career in Physics?
Field of
physics
Engineering
Research
Education
Industry
Medical

Career
Mechanical, electrical,
computer
Scientist, professor,
astronaut,
Lecturer, teacher, education
officer
Geophysician, quality
control engineer
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## 1.1: Base Quantities and Derived

Quantities
Physical
Quantities
= Quantities that
can be measured
Derived
quantities
= physical quantities that
derived from combination
of base quantities through
multiplication, division or both

Base
quantities
= physical quantities that
cannot be defined in
terms of other physical
quantities
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Base Quantities

Base
quantities

Symbol

SI unit

Symbol of
SI unit

Time
Mass
Electric
current

t
m
I

second
kilogram
Ampere

s
kg
A

Length
Temperature

l
T

Metre
kelvin

m
K
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Derived quantities
Derived
quantities

Symbol

quantities

Derived unit

Area

length x length

m2

Volume

## length x length x length

m3

Density

mass
length length length

kg m-3

Acceleration

velocity
time

m s-2

Force

mass x acceleration

kg m s-2

Momentum

kg m s-1

Pressure

mass x velocity
force
pressure
area

N m-2
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Derived quantities
Derived
quantities

Symbol

Work

Power

Frequency

Electric charge

Voltage

quantities

Derived unit

force
Work
Power
Time

1
frequency
period

## J s-1 or watt (W)

s-1 or hertz (Hz)

Charge = electric
A s or coulomb
current x time
(C)
Work
V
Electric charge

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## 1.2 : Scientific Notation & Unit Abbreviation

Scientific notation or standard form
Given:
1. 12000
= 1.2 x 104
2. 6700000000
= 6.7 x 109
3. 10000000000000000 = 1 x 1016

Standard form

Solution:

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## Exercise 1: Write 8730000000 in standard form

Solution: 8730000000 = 8.73 x 109
Example 2: Write 0.00000000056 in standard form.
Solution:

## 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 6 = 5.6 x 10-10

Exercise 2: Write 0.000000606 in standard form
Solution: 0.000000606 = 6.06 x 10-7
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## Scientific Notation & Unit Abbreviation

Conclusion
1. Scientific notation or standard form is a method to write the
numerical values which are very big or very small in a
simpler way.
2. Standard form can be summarised as:

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Prefixes

1. 90 cm
2. 600 nm
prefix
3. 2 km
4. 1.66 GHz
5. 512 MB
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## 1. Prefixes are used to represent physical quantities which are

very big or very small.
2. Observe the list of prefix and multiplication factors given
below.
Sub-multiple Prefix
10-1
deci
10-2
centi
10-3
mili
10-6
micro
10-9
nano
10-12
pico

Symbol
d
c
m

n
p

Multiple
101
102
103
106
109
1012

prefix
deca
hecto
kilo
mega
giga
tera

Symbol
da
h
k
M
G
T
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## Example 3: Write the following quantities using prefix

a) 5000 m

= 5 x 103 m = 5 km

b) 50000000 Hz

= 50 x 106 Hz = 50 MHz

c) 0.00000007 m

= 70 x 10-9 m = 70 nm

## Exercise 3: Write the following quantities using prefix

a) 65000000 g
b) 0.00000056 J
c) 0.0005 W

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Unit Conversion
Example 4: Convert following quantities
a)
b)
c)
d)
e)
f)
g)

21 cm to nm
20 km to mm
800 g to Gg
20 m s-1 to km h-1
36 km h-1 to m s-1
800 g cm-3 to kg m-3
12 kg m3 to g cm-3

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Unit Conversion
Simply method especially for multiple choice questions
1) x km h 1 x 3.6 m s 1
Example 5: convert 30 km h-1 to m s-1
Solution:
30 km h1 (30 3.6) m s 1
1
8 m s 1
3
8.33 m s 1
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Unit Conversion
Simply method especially for multiple choice questions

2) x m s 1 x 3.6 km h 1
Example 6: convert 30 m s-1 to km h-1
Solution:
30 m s 1 (30 3.6) km h1
108 km h1

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Unit Conversion

## Simply method especially for multiple choice questions

3) x g cm 3 x 1000 kg m 3
Example 7: Convert 0.98 g cm-3 to kg m-3
Solution:
0.98 g cm 3 (0.98 1000) kg m 3
980 kg m3
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Unit Conversion
Simply method especially for multiple choice questions

4) x kg m 3 x 1000 g cm 3
Example 8: Convert 7800 kg m-3 to g cm-3
Solution:
7800 kg m 3 (7800 1000) g cm 3
7.8 g cm 3
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Unit Conversion
Exercise 4: Convert the following quantities.
a) 45 m s-1 to km h-1
b) 320 km h-1 to m s-1
c) 0.12 g cm-3 to kg m-3
d) 13600 kg m-3 to g cm-3

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## 1.3: Scalar and Vector

Quantities
1. Scalar quantities is a physical quantities which

## gives magnitude only

Scalar quantities SI unit

Scalar quantities

SI unit

Length/distance
Time
Electric current

m
s
A

speed
Area
Volume

m s-1
m2
m3

Temperature

Mass
Pressure

kg
Pa

Power
Density

W
kg m-3
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Example
:
Distance = 100 m
Unit
Scalar
quantity

Magnitud
e

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## which have magnitude and direction.

Vector quantities

SI unit

Vector quantities

SI unit

Displacement
Velocity

m
m s-1

Momentum

kg m s-1

Acceleration

m s-2

Force

Weight

Torque

Nm

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Example:
The car shown in figure 1 moves at velocity of 60
km h-1 to the left.
60 km h1

left

Unit

Velocity
Vector
quantity

60 km h-1
Magnitud
e

to the left
Direction
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## 1.4: Understanding Measurement

1.4.1: Estimation of Dimensions
1. Suitable instruments are required for

## measurement and the reading obtained

must be presented in suitable unit.
2. Sometimes no suitable instruments can be

## used for measuring a physical quantity. In

this case estimation in used.
3. In the estimation of dimensions,
a) A small sample is used for determining the big

value.
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b) A big sample is used for determining the small

Thickness of a piece of
paper

Method:
a) Measure the thickness of 100 pieces of
paper = l mm, by using ruler.
l

mm
b) Therefore the thickness a piece of paper
is
100

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Volume of a drop of
water

Method:
a) Drip 100 drops of water into a measuring
cylinder and the volume is measured = V
V
cm3.
cm 3
100
b) Then the volume of a drop of water =

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Diameter of wire

Method:
a) Coil the wire 20 times as shown in figure.
b) Ensure that there is no space between the
coils.
l
c) Measure the value of l using
mm ruler.
20 =
d) Average diameter of wire

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## Area of the toilet is your

school

Method:
a) Calculate the area of a tile by using this
formula:
Area, A = length x width
b) The length and width of a tile can be
determined by using a ruler.
c) Count the number of tile, n, in the toilet

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## 1.4.2: Measuring Instrument

Vernier Callipers

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## 1. Vernier callipers enable us to measure length

up to 10 cm.
2. Vernier callipers can measured up to

## accuracy of 0.01 cm.

3. Vernier callipers consist of main scale and

vernier scale.
4. The outer jaws are used to measure outer

5.

## The inner jaws are used to measure the inner

diameter of a container

6.

## The tip are used to measure the depth of a

container

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Method of
Callipers

Vernier
callipers
=
the main
scale +
the vernier
scale

3.18 cm

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Example 1.4.2
1. A pair of vernier callipers is used to measure

## the width of a handphone. What is the width 0f

the handphone?

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Exercise 1.4.2
1. A pair of vernier callipers is used to measure

## the diameter of a metal ball. What is the

diameter 0f the metal ball?

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Micrometer Screw
Gauge
1. The micrometer screw gauge is used to

## measure the thickness or diameter a small

object.
2. This instrument can measure up to an
accuracy of 0.01 mm

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## 3. The scale on the thimble has 50 equal

0.5division is
divisions where each

0.01 mm

mm or

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## Reading = main scale + thimble

scale

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Exercise 1.4.2
2. What is the reading of the micrometer?

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## 1.4.3: Accuracy, Consistency and Sensitivity

1. Accuracy of an measuring instrument is the

## ability of instrument to give measurement

which are close to actual value.
Actual value
x
x

accurate
inaccurate

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## ability of the instrument to measure a quantity

with little or no deviation among measurement.

x
x
x
inconsistent

xx
x
consistent

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## ability of instrument to detect small changes in

the quantity to be measured.

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## Difference between consistency and

accuracy
Distribution of
gunshot
xx
xx

x
x xx

Conclusion
1. All shot are close to
each other but far from
the target.
2. Shots are consistent but
not accurate
1. Shots are closer to the
target but scattered
from each other.
2. Shots are accurate but
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not consistent

accuracy
Distribution of
gunshot

## 1. Shots are very close to

the target and close
each other.

xx
xx

x
x
x

Conclusion

## 2. Shots are consistent and

accurate
1. Shots are far from the
target and scattered
from each other.
2. Shots are inaccurate
and inconsistent

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## 1.4.4: Experimental Error

1. Since no measurement can be absolutely

## accurate, there will always be error in a

measurement.
2. An error is the difference between the

## measured value an the actual value.

3. There is two main types of errors in

## measurement, systematic error and random

error.
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Systematic Error
1. A systematic error is an error in reading the

## scale when a physical quantity is being

measured.
2. It is caused by the instrument, observers

and surroundings.
3. The systematic error in the measurement of

## a physical quantity is always the same, i.e.

a) The reading is always bigger than the true

value, or
b) The reading is always smaller than the true
value

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## 4. Types (example) of systematic error:

a) Zero error occurs when the reading shown

## in the instrument is not zero while the

b) Slow reaction when using an instrument
causes an error. For example, there may
be a delay in pressing stop watch.
c) An error caused by incorrect calibration of
instruments.
5. Systematic error can be overcome by proper

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## Zero error on the Vernier

Callipers
1. For the vernier callipers which have zero
error the reading is corrected through the
following formula:

## 2. If the vernier callipers do not have zero error,

the scale will be as in figure below

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Main scale

Vernier scale

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## egative zero error

Main scale
Vernier scale

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Example 1.4.4
1. Figure (a) shows the reading of the vernier

## callipers when the jaws are closed. Figure (b)

shows the reading when a ball bearing is
placed between the jaws. What is the
diameter of the bearing?
0

10

(a)

10

(b)
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Example 1.4.4
2. Figure (a) shows the reading of the vernier

## callipers when the jaws are closed. Figure (b)

shows the reading when a ball bearing is
placed between the jaws. What is the
diameter of the bearing?
0

10

(a)

10

(b)
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Exercise 1.4.4
1. Figure (a) shows the reading of the vernier
callipers when the jaws are closed. Figure (b)
shows the reading when a glass rod is placed
between the jaws. What is the diameter of
the rod?
0

10

(a)

10

(b)
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Exercise 1.4.4
2. Figure (a) shows the reading of the vernier
callipers when the jaws are closed. Figure (b)
shows the reading when a glass rod is placed
between the jaws. What is the diameter of
the rod?
0

10

(a)

10

(b)

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## Zero error on the Micrometer Screw

Gauge
1. For the micrometer screw gauge which have
zero error the reading is corrected through
the following formula:

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Positive zero
error

ro error = 0.03 mm

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## Negative zero error

ro error = 0.02 mm

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Example 1.4.4
3. Figure (a) before measurement a micrometer
screw gauge. Figure (b) shows how
micrometer screw gauge is used to measure
the thickness of a ruler. What is the
thickness of the ruler?
0

10

25
20

5
mm

mm

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(a)

(b)

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Example 1.4.4
4. Figure (a) before measurement a micrometer
screw gauge. Figure (b) shows how
micrometer screw gauge is used to measure
the thickness of a wire. What is the thickness
of the wire?
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0 1

30
45
mm

mm

25

40

(a)

(b)

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Exercise 1.4.4
3. Figure (a) before measurement a micrometer
screw gauge. Figure (b) shows how
micrometer screw gauge is used to measure
the thickness of a ruler. What is the
thickness of the ruler?
1

30
25

mm

(a)

45
40

mm

(b)

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Exercise 1.4.4
4. Figure (a) before measurement a micrometer
screw gauge. Figure (b) shows how
micrometer screw gauge is used to measure
the thickness of a wire. What is the thickness
of the wire?
45

0 1
35

45
mm

40

(a)

mm

30

(b)

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Random Error
1. A random error is an error due mistakes
made when measurements are taken either
through incorrect positioning of the eye or
sudden change of environment factor.
2. A reading obtained when a random error
occurs can be bigger or smaller than the true
value.
3. Random error can be reduce by repeat the
measurement and take the average.
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a) Parallax

## error is error due incorrect

positioning of the eye when taking a

## = incorrect position of eye

= correct position of eye

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Antiparallax
mirror

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## 4. Examples of random error are:

b) Error due miscount, for example when

## counting the number of oscillations of a

simple pendulum.

c) Natural

errors
i.e.
changes
temperature, humidity or wind.

in
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## 1.5: Scientific Investigation

1.5.1: Scientific Methods in Physics
1. Scientific methods an orderly method which

## is used to investigate a problem or an event.

2. A scientific investigator must be able to

## organise and record information in effective

way.
3. Proper organisation of information may

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## Process in a Scientific Investigation

1. Identify the problem:

## by asking question arise from an observation

2. Observation involve
senses to gather
object or event

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## 3. Inference: early conclusion based on observation

4. Identify variables:
a) manipulated variable
Physical quantity which value can be fixed
by experimenter
b) responding variable
Physical quantity that changes its value in
respond to the change in the manipulated
variable
c) fixed variable
Physical quantity is set to remain constant
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throughout the experiment

5. Forming hypothesis
Statement of expected outcome that usually
state the relationship between manipulated &
responding variable

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Example 1.5.1
1.

## During a physical session,

Rosman Swung & fro using
rope which is tied to a tree.
It is observed Rosman took
a longer time to swing & fro
if he used a longer rope
compared to a shorter rope.
Identify & state the:
- inference
- variables
- hypothesis
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Inference : The time taken for the rope to swing to & fro
depends on the length of the rope
Variables:
manipulated : length of rope
responding : period to swing and fro /
period of oscillation
fixed
: mass of object
Hypothesis : The longer the rope the longer period to
swing & fro
OR
The longer the rope the longer the period to 75
complete one oscillation

Exercise 1.5.1
1.

- inference
- variables
- hypothesis

## nference : time taken water to boil depends on its volum

mass
Variable : manipulated = volume/mass of water
respond
= time take to boil
fixed
= initial water temperature/ power

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to boil

2.

Inference

- inference
- variables
- hypothesis

original height

## Variables : manipulated = original height

respond
= maximum height of rebound
fixed
= ball size/type
Hypothesis : the higher the original height the higher
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the
maximum rebound height

## 4. Design & Carry out an experiment

Purpose: to test validity of hypothesis
The result of experiment should show
whether the hypothesis is right or wrong
5. Tabulating data
Table 1:

Manipulated
variable

Responding
variable

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Example:

Mass, m/kg
0.1
0.2
0.3

Extension,
x/cm
2
4
6

Table 2:
Manipulated
variable
Responding
variable

Example:

Mass, m/kg
Extension, x/cm

0.1

0.2

0.3

0.4

8
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## c) Data with repeated reading

Table 3:
Manipulated
variable

Responding variable
1

Average

Table 4:
Manipulated variable
1
2
Responding
3
variable
avera
ge

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## 6. Analysing & interpreting data

a) may involve calculation
b) drawing graph, histogram, pie chart and so
on
1. Example: Linear graph
x

x
x
x

Which is correct?
a)

x
x
x

b)

x
x

x
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2. Non-linear graph:
x

x
x

Which is correct?
a)

b)

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y y2 y1

x x2 x1

(x2, y2)
x

y
(x1, y1)
x

c
x

## ) Relationship between x and y : y is increase linearly to

) Equation: y = mx + c
where c = y-intercept
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y y2 y1

x x2 x1
(x2, y2)
x

y
(x1, y1)
x

x
x

## a) Relationship between x and y : y is directly

proportional
to x
b) Equation: y = mx

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y
c

y y2 y1

x x2 x1

(x1, y1)
x

y
(x2, y2)
x

The

## ) Relationship between x and y : y is decrease linearly to

) Equation: y = mx + c, where c = y-intercept
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a
Equation : y
x
Normal line

where a is constant

y
x
x

proportional
to x
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## a) Relationship between x and y : y is increase

when x
increase
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7. Conclusion
a) Definition: summary of results of the
experiment & statement of how results relate
to the hypothesis
b) made based on analysis & data interpretation
c) state hypothesis accepted or rejected
8. Precaution
)

## Mention how to increase accuracy OR reduce

error

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Write a report
> inference
> aim
> problem statement (optional)
> variables
> hypothesis
> apparatus & material
> labelled diagram & procedure
> result (data tabulation / observation)
> analysis (calculation/graph)
> discussion
> conclusion
> precaution

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Example of experiment
Scenario:
During a festive celebration a student observed
two identical lanterns that are tied to strings of
different lengths. He noticed that the lantern with
a longer string took a longer time to complete a
swing. He wanted to test out his observation in the
laboratory
Name : Anonymous
Class : 4 Sc 1
Date : 04.02.2009
Title : Relationship between length of pendulum
and time
to complete one oscillation
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Aim
Problem
statement
Inference
hypothesis

## How is the period of a simple

pendulum dependent on its length?
the longer the thread the longer
the period of oscillation

Variables

Manipulated :
Respond :
Fixed
:

Material
Apparatus

## 100 cm of thread, pendulum bob

Retort stand with clamp,
stopwatch, protector, metre rule

Diagram
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Wooden
clamp

Retort stand
< 10o

bob
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Procedur
e

## 1. Tie one end of the thread to a pendulum

bob and the other end clamped to the
retort clamp with the help of two pieces of
plywood as shown in figure.
the point it is clamped to the centre of the
bob, L is 20 cm.
3. Oscillate the pendulum at a small angle
(<10).
4. Measure the time t1 for 20 complete
5. Measure the time t2 for another 20
6. Determine the mean of t1 and t2, and
record as t. Subsequently, determine the
time taken for one complete oscillation
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which gives the value of the period of

Procedur
e

## 8. Record the data in the table provided.

9. Plot a graph of T 2 against length, L

Result:
Pendulum
length, L/cm

20
30
40
50
60
70

oscillation (s)
t1
t2
Mean,t
13.0
16.1

13.8
17.3

13.4
16.7

Period,
T

T2/s2

t
s
20

0.67
0.84

0.45
0.70
1.25
1.50
1.95
2.25
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Analysis

T2 against L

T2/s2
2.5

(55, 2.10)
x

2.0

1.5

x
T2

(20, 0.75)

1.0

L
x

0.5

T 2
L
2.10 0.75

55 20
1.35

35
0.039 s 2 /cm

10

20

L/cm
30

40

50

60

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Discussio
n

Conclusio

## 1. Describe the type of the graph of T2

against L.
2. Find period, T, if L = 35 cm from the
graph
From graph, T2 = 1.35 s2
2
T4
= 1.16
s
g
3. .
4 2 ;g = gravitational
g
m
acceleration
Calculate value of g.
Is your g equal to 9.81 m s-2? If not, why?
4. Is the hypothesis accepted of rejected?
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- Hypothesis is accepted.

Precaution -

## Oscillate the pendulum at a small angle

(<10) to reduce error
Repeat the measurement and take the
mean value to reduce error

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T2/s2
2.5

(40, 1.55)

2.0

1.5

1.0

(0,0)
0.5

10

20

L/cm
30

40

50

60

70

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