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Basic SI Units
Length (L) Metre (m)
Mass (m) Kilogram(kg)
(t) Second (s)

Derived SI Units
Square Metre (m2)
Volume (V)
Cubic Metre(m3)
Density ()
Kg / Cubic Metre (kg/m3)
Metre per second (m/s)

Force (F)
Energy (E)
Work (W)
Power (P)

Newton (N)
Pascal (Pa)
Hertz (Hz)


Matter - anything that occupies

- consists of atoms and

Atom - smallest particle in an element

that has the properties of the

Molecules - the combination of two or

more atoms.

Nucleus - each carrying a positive charge are called protons.
In addition to the protons the nucleus usually contains electrically
neutral particles called neutrons.

Neutrons have the same mass as

protons whereas electrons are very much smaller.

Neutron - simply adds to the weight of the nucleus.
- has no charge.

- positively charged.
- has mass same as the neutrons.

Electron - orbits define the size or volume occupied by the

- negatively charged.
- total number of negatively charged electrons

number of positively charged protons.

The sub-atomic components of atoms.






0 ( zero )

In the nucleus


+1 ( positive )

In the nucleus


1 / 1850

-1 ( negative )

Arranged in energy
levels or shells
around the nucleus

Atomic Number no. of protons in the atoms nucleus.

eg. Hydrogen has 1 proton atomic no. is 1.
Carbon has 6 protons atomic no. is 6.

Mass Number total no. of protons and neutrons in

eg. Lithium has 3 protons & 4 neutrons mass no. 7

Relative Atomic Mass

The mass of atom in relation to the mass of a reference
Element chosen on which to relate mass of all atoms is

Carbon (12) - 6 protons + 6 neutrons

Hydrogen - 1 proton + 0 neutron = mass no. 1

*so relative atomic mass for Hydrogen is one twelfth of



are atoms that have same atomic number but different mass
Atom gains / loses one or more neutrons from nucleus will
become ISOTOPES.

Are present in most elements and may also be man made.

From left to right across a period =

protons/electrons count increases by
Atomic number = increases from left to
1. Vertical column
2. Elements have same number of outer
shell / valency electrons.
Noble gases - group 8.
Transition metals - middle of the table.
Pure metals - group 1, except Hydrogen.


Atoms bond together to form a molecule.


Monatomic Molecule

Chemical Compounds

Consists of single type of


Made up of two or more


Structure of Atoms

Electrons are arranged in energy levels and shells around

the nucleus and with increasing distance from the nucleus .
Valence electrons :
- how many electrons an atom has in its outer shell.
- determines the chemical behavior.
- The more valence electrons, the more want for the atom
get more electrons.
Valency :
1. bonding capacity of an atom; usually equals the number of
unpaired electrons in the atoms outermost shell.
2. No. of bonds it can make with a monovalent atom such as

The Molecule

A group of two or more similar or dissimilar atoms bonded

together .

Metallic bonds - metal + metal (eg: Alloy)

- do not produce molecules
- weakest bonds of all

Ionic bonds

Covalent bonds - non metal + non metal (eg : water)

- produce molecules, strongest bond.

- metal + non-metal (eg: sodium chloride)

Chemical compounds
Defined as :
A substance made up of different elements that are
chemically bonded and are so united that the whole has
properties of its own, which are unlike those of its

All other molecules made up of two or more atoms are

known as Chemical compound.

States of matter

All matter exists in one of three physical states.

Physical state refers to the condition of a compound

and has no affect on a compound's chemical

Solid. A solid has definite mass, volume and shape.

Liquid. A liquid has definite mass and volume but

takes the shape of its container.


A gas has definite mass but takes the volume

and shape of its container.

increase in the temperature will increase the energy

of its molecules.

Changes between states

Solid to Liquid Fusion
i. Heat energy required to complete process of
converting unit mass of substance from solid to
liquid state without change of temperature is called
the Latent Heat of Fusion.
. Liquid to Gas Vaporisation
i. Heat energy required to vaporise a unit mass of
liquid without temperature rise is called Latent Heat
of Vaporisation.
. Gas to Liquid Condensation
i. Heat energy expelled is called the Latent Heat of
. Liquid to Solid Solidification
i. Loss of molecular energy is the Latent Heat of


Some solid substance when heated do not melt, but

form a Vapour.


Solid to vapour, without passing through liquid state.

iii. Eg. Dry ice

. Evaporation

Liquid change to vapour.


Some liquid have low boiling point, so easily change

from liquid to vapour.

iii. Eg. Methylated spirits.

Mechanics :
statics ; forces
centre of gravity
stress and strain
properties of matter
pressure and buoyancy in liquids

Newtons law of motions

First Law of Motion
A body at rest will remain at rest unless given an
external force, or a body which is moving will keep on
moving unless given an external force. ( Inertia )
Second Law of Motion
A force proportional to the rate of change of its velocity
is produced whenever a body ( or mass ) is accelerated.
F = ma

Third Law of Motion

For every action, there is an equal and opposite


If a Force is applied to a body it will cause that body

to move in the direction of the applied force.
force has both magnitude (size) and direction.
Forces cannot be directly observed, only their effects
can be seen.
Compressive - force applied on an object to
squeeze it.
Tensile - pair of forces try to extend an object.
Shear - Pair of forces tries to cause one face of
material to slide relative to an adjacent face.
Statics is used to describe study of bodies at rest
when forces are balanced.

External force force applied to an object from

outside its boundaries.
Internal force force induced in the object to react
against externally applied force. ( Reaction )


Scalar just a magnitude, there is no direction
eg. Time , mass, volume.

Vector require both magnitude and direction to be

fully defined.
eg. Force, velocity, acceleration.

Adding Forces
2 or more forces act at same line, produce resultant
If at straight line, subtract or addition.

Forces do not act in a straight line use the

parallelogram law.

Worked example
Find the resultant of two forces of 4.0 N and 5.0 N acting at
an angle of 45 degree to each other.
Using a scale of 1.0 cm = 1.0 N, draw parallelogram ABCD
with AB = 5.0 cm, AC = 4.0 N and angle CAB = 45 degree,
see figure 8.

Worked example: three forces acting on a mass.

First resolve each force into its vertical and horizontal


If a body free to rotate about some point ;
Applied force will cause rotation
ii. Force required dependent on how far from hinge force is
iii. Turning effect = magnitude and distance.
Moment = force x distance.

. In SI units, Newtons metres = Newton x metres

The Principle of Moments

If a body is at rest under the action of several
forces, the sum of the clockwise moments about
any axis is equal to the sum of the anti clockwise
moments about the same axis.
Type 1 beam balances where arms are of equal
Type 2 lever arrangement can best be seen in design
of a wheelbarrow.
Type 3 large effort moves through small distance to
overcome small load, which moves through a large




For example, suppose it is necessary to calculate the

resultant moment of a pivot acting on a bell crank lever,
refer to diagram below.
AO =
OC =
BC =

100 mm
20 mm
20 mm



Gravity is a force which is always present and is a

pulling force in the direction of the center of the

This force acts on every body through an imaginary

point called the center of gravity (C of G).

A point where all the weight of a body appears to be

concentrated. (total weight can be considered to act
through that datum position )

(total weight can be considered to act through that

datum position )

There must be a datum point, such as where when moment

in clockwise direction will be balanced by moment in anticlockwise direction, if given the same amount of force.

Stability / balancing
The lower the C of G, the stable an
object is.
The wider the base, the more stable
an object is C of G towards the

The location of the center of

gravity in the human body varies
slightly, depending on body

a male with a muscular upper

body and small hips, the center
of gravity is higher than in a
female with narrow shoulders and
wide hips

in an infant with a large head in

relation to its body, it is higher
than in an adult

When force applied to

C of G, the body will not

But if the force is

applied offset of the C
of G, the body will
rotate, or torque will

Expressed as an algebraic formula,

W1 X1 + W2 X2 + W3 X3 = (W1 + W2 + W3) x G
Where G is the position of the centroid, with respect to the

C of g of an aircraft

Why do we need to know c of g of an

aircraft ?

To ensure the aircraft is safe to fly, the center-of-gravity must

fall within specified limits established by the manufacturer.

C of G range C of G limits are specified longitudinal (forward

and aft) and/or lateral (left and right) limits within which the
aircraft's center of gravity must be located during flight.

To evenly load the aircraft equipments, passengers, baggage,

cargo, fuel, etc.

So that C of G range will not be exceeded prevent aircraft

unstable during flight.

Also affects C of G in flight fuel usage, passengers movement,


Similar to aircraft, force applied will be acted through the C

of G, resulting in torque.
Aircraft rotate about its C of G.



If force is exerted on a body, there will be mechanical

pressure acting on the body which is called the stress.

A body with having twice the size of other body subjected

to a force, it will be stronger and less likely to fail due to
applied the applied force.

So, stress is said :

Stress =

*units : Newton metre


, Nm-2

Components will fail due to over-stressed, not over-loaded.

Eg. A tennis ball sealed from atmospheric pressure. So, as

long as the external forces acting on it does not exceed the
internal forces, the ball will maintain its shape.

Forces applied to the body will cause distortion of the body and
change to the materials cross-sectional area ;
eg. Tensile Forces will cause elongation .
Compressive Force will cause reduction in dimension.

Most material have elastic properties ( it will to return to its

original shape after the force is removed ) - provided forces does

not exceed limit of elasticity.

There are 5 types of stress in mechanical bodies :
i. Tension
ii. Compression
iii. Torsion
iv. Bending
v. Shear


force that tends to pull an object apart


resistance to an external force that

tries to push an object together.

Torsional stress is applied to a material when it is twisted.
Torsion is actually a combination of both tension and

In flight, the force of lift tries to bend an aircraft's wing

combines tension and compression is the shear stress, which
tries to slide an object apart.


If the outside force is great enough to cause the object to

change its shape or size, the object is not only under
stress, but is also strained.

If a length of elastic is pulled, it stretches. If the pull is

increases, it stretches more; if the pull is reduced, it

Hookes law states that the amount of stretch

(elongation) is proportional to the applied force.

How stress varies with stress when a steel wire is stretched until it breaks.
Hookes Law states that, the amount of stretch (elongation) is
proportional to the applied force.

Strain - the degree of distortion then has to be the actual distortion

divided by the original length (in other words, elongation per unit
Strain = change in dimension / original dimension ( No units )

*for shearing and torsional stresses, they are expressed as

shearing action when one layer of materials move
relative to another in direction of applied force.
Shear strain straight motion.
Torsion strain rotational motion.

Compression strain

Shear strain
when the applied load
causes one 'layer' of
material to move relative
to the adjacent layers.

Torsion strain
form of shear stress
resulting from a twisting

Twist will be proportional

to the applied torque.

Shearing Strain

Properties of matter

Is the spreading of a substance of its accord.

due to molecular action, e.g. a smell, whether pleasant or

not, travels quickly from its source to your nostrils where it
is detected.

occurs in liquids and gases but not in solids.

Surface Tension

This suggests that the surface of a liquid behaves as if it is

covered with an elastic skin that is trying to shrink.

The surface tension can be reduced if the liquid is

contaminated, adding a detergent to the water will cause
our needle to sink.

In a liquid, the molecules still partially bond together and

prevents liquid from spreading nag expanding out.

Force of attraction between
molecules of different

Force of attraction between
molecules of same


If a glass tube of small bore is dipped into water , the water

rises u the tube a few centimetres.

The adhesion between the glass and the water exceeds the
cohesion of the water molecules, the meniscus curves up ,
and the surface tension causes the water to rise.

Mechanical properties of
A strong material requires a strong force to break it
A stiff material resists forces which try to change its shape or size.
The ability to recover to its original shape and size after the force
deforming it has been reformed.
Materials that can be rolled into sheets, drawn into wires or worked
into other useful shapes, without breaking are ductile.
A material that is fragile and breaks easily .

Pressure and buoyancy

in liquid
The equivalent term associated with fluids is pressure:
pressure = force / area

or p = F / A .

Pressure is the internal reaction or resistance to that external


Pascals Law : pressure acts equally and in all directions

throughout that fluid.

pressure can be transmitted to some other point in

order to generate another force.

Units of pressure
SI system pressure :
Pascal = force per unit area ( Nm-2)

Atmospheric pressure :
Milibars ( mb ) or pounds per square inch ( psi )

Sea level standard atm presssure :

1013-2 mb or 14.69 psi ( at 0C)

Archimedes Principle states that when an object is submerged in
a liquid, the object displaces a volume of liquid equal to its
volume and is supported by a force equal to the weight of the
liquid displaced.



1. The body will float--if the buoyancy is positive

2.The body will sink--if the buoyancy is negative
3.The body will be stuck--if the buoyancy is neutral


Linear motion

Is the uniform motion in a straight line.

Motion is the change of position of a body with
reference to another body.
eg. A person sitting in a moving car and passes a
The person is considered to be at a state of
rest in reference to the car.

The car is considered to be in motion in

relation to the building.


Speed tells us how quickly an object is moving at any given

point in time.

Scalar quantity does not take into account the direction of

the object travelled.

Average speed dividing the distance travelled by the time

Speed =

rate of change of displacement or position

where v represents speed.

Worked example

An aircraft flies at 80 km/ hr for 15 minutes and at

120 km/hr for a further 15 minutes. How far has it
travelled and what is the average speed ?


Includes direction, distance in straight line and time.

Vector quantity magnitude + distance.

eg. An aircraft moves 200miles South West

from A to B in one hour.
*the velocity is 200mph South West.


Is the rate of change of velocity over time.

If the rate of change is constant, acceleration is described as

being uniform.

Acceleration - If the velocity of an object increases over time.

Deceleration / retardation If the velocity decreases over time.

If a car is travelling at initial constant velocity u and then

accelerated with uniform acceleration a to final velocity v,
therefore :


u + at

*Unit : m / s

Equation of linear motion

Equations of linear motion

V = u + at
s = ut + at2
v2 = u2 + 2as
Free falling objects
if a stationary object is released and free falls under
attraction of the force of gravity, it will accelerate at 9.81
m/s 2
So the a will be 9.81 m/s 2 ,
but in this case it is given the symbol g.
If the object is thrown upwards, its g will be 9.81m/s 2

Initial velocity of objects freefalling from rest is zero, so the

equations for free fall are :


= gt
= gt2
= (2gs)2

Circular Motion
Rotational motion means motion involving curved paths and
therefore change of direction.
Only cases of constant acceleration are considered here.
They are equivalent to those linear equations of motion :

Centripetal Force

Continuous force applied to a body moving in circular path

to keep it in that particular circular path, preventing it from
travelling in straight line ( tangential to circle it is rotating in
) due to the inertia of the object.

Basically a force acting inwards toward the centre of the


Is directly proportional to the mass of the object in circular


Is inversely proportional to the radius of the circle in which

the object travels.

Force = ma, so we can say that the object has an inwards

acceleration called Centripetal Acceleration which is ;
= v2 , so F =
*where v is linear velocity and r is radius of circular path.

Centrifugal Force
Is the equal but opposite reaction to the Centripetal Force.
( Newtons 3rd Law )

Tensile Force at the other end of the string acts outwards of

the circle.

Relationship between Angular and Linear

Motion :
Providing that we know the value of the
rotating bodys radius ( r ), we can use the
relationship between the radius and the
radian to convert angular values to linear
values and vice versa.
Linear distance : r
Linear velocity : r
Linear acceleration :r

Periodic motion

Some masses move from one point to another, then back to

the original point, and continue to do this repetitively.

The time during which the mass moved away from, and
then returned to its original position is known as the time
period, and the motion is known as periodic motion.

Example : pendulum


When the mass then displaced from its rest position, it will
accelerate back towards its rest position.

On reaching it however, it will not stop, because its inertia carries it

on to an equal but opposite displacement.

the time period can be measured from a any position, through to

the next time that position is reached, with the motion in the
original direction.

Cycle for one complete to and fro movement.

Periodic Time time taken to complete 1 cycle.
Frequency the number of cycle occurring in 1 seconds. ( Hertz
HZ )
Amplitude maximum displacement of a body from its middle or
rest position.

Periodic time, T can be calculated by ;

T = 2 ( L / g )
Where ;
L length of the pendulum
g magnitude of acceleration due to gravity = 9.81

For time period ( T ) and frequency ( f ) ;



Spring mass systems

If the mass at the spring is displaced and the force is

released, the spring force will cause the mass to return to
its original position.

It will behave like pendulum, so it continue to move up and

down before it stops completely.

Springs obey Hookes Law.

The resulting motion, up and down, resulting in :

Spring Force
Force ( F ) =

mg =


if mg = kE, then the spring constant k = mg

Also, extension E = mg
Frequency (f) = ( 1 / 2 ) ( k/m )
F is force.
m is suspended mass.
g is the acceleration due to gravity.
E is the spring extension.
k is the spring constant.

Simple theory of vibration, harmonics and


Analysis of oscillating systems will show that they often obey simple
but strict law.
Acceleration is proportional to the displacement from the neutral
position, and in the opposite sense to the direction of the velocity.
Referred to as Simple Harmonic Motion, when acceleration is directed
towards fixed point in its path and is proportional to its displacement
from that point.

Vibration theory

Vibration Theory is based on the detailed analysis of

vibrations and is essentially mathematical, relying heavily
on trigonometry and calculus, involving sinusoidal functions
and differential equations.
Damped vibrations :
Simple pendulum / spring mass will vibrate at constant
frequency and amplitude, once it is started.
But vibrations will die away due to other motions such as
friction, air resistance, etc.


When force subjected to force vibration, it will vibrate along

with natural frequency of the object.

If the natural frequency matches the resonant frequency

with forced vibration causes the amplitude to increase

Natural frequency tries to damped out the amplitude but

cannot damp its own natural frequency.

So the two amplitudes combine to produce resonance.

Velocity ratio, mechanical advantage

and efficiency.

Machine utilise some form of motion to convert an applied

force into a useful work output
The input forces is often amplified many times by the
machine so that we can overcome a heavy load with little
Eg ; levers, pulleys, gears, screws.

Velocity ratio

Ratio of distance the effort is required to move in

comparison with the distance the load moves in the same

Velocity Ratio = Distance moved by effort

Distance moved by load

Mechanical Advantage
Describes the ratio of load moved with the effort required to move it.
Mechanical Advantage = Load
*A rusty car jack will have a low mechanical advantage because
much of the effort would be used to overcome the friction of a corroded
screw thread.
Describes the ratio of the useful work done by a machine to the total
work put into it.
Efficiency = Work Output x 100% or Mechanical Advantage x100%
Work Input
Velocity Ratio
Expressed as percentage and is always less than 100%.
*Friction and slippage can detract from efficiency of a machine.

Used to gain mechanical advantage.
Most basic form : seesaw that has weight at each end.
( weight on one end tends to rotate it clockwise, weight on the
other end tends to rotate it anti-clockwise )
First Class Lever

Lever has fulcrum between load and effort.

Less effort required to lift the load.

Second Class Lever

Has fulcrum at one end of the lever and effort is applied to
the opposite force.

Third Class Lever

Force is applied between fulcrum and load.
Used to move the load a greater distance than effort
Disadvantages : much greater effort required to produce


Pulley wheel has circumferential groove to accept a rope.

Effort is applied by pulling on a rope.

Tension created in the rope and movement are transmitted

through arrangement to the load.

Single fixed pulley is a convenient means of lifting a light load.

So, for instance, if one end of the rope is attached to a fixed

object, pulling on the other end will apply a doubled force to any
object attached to the axle.


Is the quantity of matter that it contains.
Constant regardless of its location.
Basic SI unit : kilogram (kg)
Imperial : pounds (lbs)
Force with which gravity attracts a body.
Varies with distance between body and centre of the earth,
so if farther than centre of the earth, the less it weighs.
So, it is said that an object in deep space does not has no
weight, but do has mass.
Gravitational acceleration is considered as 9.81m/s2
Is a vector quantity that has magnitude, direction and a
point of application.
Which changes a bodys state of rest or of uniform motion.

Newtons First Law
A body at rest will stay at rest unless given an external
force, or a moving body will continue on moving unless
given and external force.
Is the resistance to movement or changes.
Work is done when a force move.
Work done = force x distance moved in the direction of the force.
Unit : Newton metre (Nm) or the joule
1 joule = the work done when a force of 1 Newton is applied
a distance of 1 metre

The amount of work done in specific time.
Power = work done =
force x distance
time taken
Si unit : Watt ( W ) 1 Joule/ second
Is the rate of work done when 1 Joule is achieved in one second.
*One horsepower is the equivalent of 746 Watts
Brake Horse Power
To rate the engine power.
The engine is made to do work on a device known as
dynamometer or brake loads the engine output.
Shaft Horse Power
Measure output shaft of a turboprop engine, since the power
produced at shaft is what will be delivered to propeller.


Is the capacity to do work.

Si unit : Joules

Can appear as several form ; mechanical, chemical, heat,

electrical, and radiation.

But only deal with Mechanical Energy, and appears as

potential and kinetic energy.

Energy cannot be created or destroyed, it can only be

changed from one form to another.

Energy will not be converted into 100% work, they will

always appear in a less useful form such as wasted heat.

But it may be converted into 100% energy.

Potential Energy (PE)

Energy is possesses by virtue of its position or state.

Example : A mass raised to a height above the ground has

potential energy since its weight is capable of doing work as
it descends to the ground under the influence of gravity.
Work = force x distance

*since PE is for mass at elevated position,so distance is the

height above ground.
Potential Energy = mass x gravity x height
= mgh

Kinetic Energy

Energy it possesses by virtue of its motion.

Arises from the work done on it.

When body set in motion by a force doing work it acquires

kinetic energy, which will work against any forces that try to
resist it.
Kinetic Energy

= mv2

Conservation of Energy
Whenever energy is converted from one form to another,
none of it is lost.

The sum of the energy can always be accounted for in the

other forms of energy that may have converted into.

After an object hits ground on a fall, the energy has converted

into heat energy and will be dissipated into the air.

So a comparison between work out and work in is obviously a

measure of the system efficiency.
Efficiency = work output
work input

*usually expressed as percentage ( less than 100 % ).


Defined as energy between two bodies because of

difference in temperature.

If two bodies at different temperature, are bought into

contact, their temperature become equal.

Energy that flows from a hot place to a cooler place.

Heat energy can be transferred by ; conduction, convection

and radiation.


Product of its mass and velocity.

momentum = mass x velocity

SI unit ; kgm/s

Impulse of a force
If a body was subjected to a sudden blow, shock load or
impact, it will be possible to measure change in
Forces which have the short time duration are called the
Impulsive forces.
Change of momentum due to impulsive force is called the
Impact duration small impulsive force large.
Impact duration large impulsive force small.


Product of force and time or change in momentum.

For example, if we rest the hammer, on top of the head of a

nail, neither the hammer nor the nail has any momentum.

However, if we bring the hammer down from a height and

strike the nail sharply on its head, both the hammer and
nail will move after the impact. In a short time they will
come to rest with the nail having penetrated whatever it is
under it.

Impulse = change in momentum = mass x change in

= force ( N ) x time ( seconds )

When two or more masses act on
each other, the total momentum of
the masses remains constant,
provided no external forces, such
as friction, act.



First law
First Law
Mass remains at rest or continue Mass remains at rest or continue
to move at constant velocity, to move at constant velocity,
unless acted on by an external unless acted on by an external
Second Law
F = ma

Second Law
Rate of change of momentum is
proportional to the applied

Third Law
For every action, there is a n
equal and opposite reaction.

Third Law
If mass A exerts force on B, then
B exerts an equal but opposite
force on A.

Changes in Momentum
Change of Momentum = final momentum - initial momentum
= ( mv)
Rate of change of momentum = change in momentum
time taken
= mvmu
*The rate of change of momentum is proportional to magnitude
of force causing it.

When two bodies, one of low mass and the other of high
mass, are acted upon by the same force for the same time,
the low body mass will build up higher velocity than the
heavy mass.

For example;
At (a) mass A overtakes mass B.
At (b) mass B will be accelerated by impulsive force delivered
by mass A, and mass A will be decelerated by an impulsive
force delivered by B

At (c) after the impact, mass A and B will have new velocities
Va and Vb.
Momentum before impact equals to momentum after impact.

Example :

A moving snooker balls, each ball has its own momentum before
collision. After collision, the sum of the two balls momentum will be the
same as the sum prior to the collision even though their velocities may
have changed.
sum of momentums of balls = sum of momentum after impact
prior to impact
mu1 + mu2

mv1 + mv2

Moment of inertia

considers the effect of mass on bodies whose moment is


Moment of inertia is a function of mass and radius.

Consider the two cylinders, of equal mass, but different

dimensions, capable of being rotated.

The LH cylinder is easier to rotate than RH cylinder.


is a rotor having freedom of motion in one or more planes

at right angles to the plane of rotation.

used in several of an aircrafts instruments, which are vital

to the safety of the aircraft in bad weather.

For example wheels, engines, propellers, electric motors

and many other components must run with perfect

With the rotor spinning, the gyroscope will possess two

fundamental properties:
Gyroscopic rigidity or inertia
Gyroscopic precession

Gyroscopic rigidity

maintains the axis of rotation constant in space.

if a gyroscope is spinning in free space and is not acted upon

by any outside influence or force, it will remain fixed in one

The degree to which the rotor offers resistance depends on 3

things :

Mass of the rotor greater the mass, greater resistance

to change in direction of plane of rotation.

Angular speed of the rotor higher the speed, greater the

Radius of gyration of the rotor bigger the radius, greater
the rigidity.

Gyroscopic Precession

angular change of direction of the plane of rotation of a

gyroscope, as a result of an external force.

The rate of this change can be used to give indications such

as the turning rate of an aircraft.

The rotor will rotate about axis AA.

Apply a force so that it acts on the rim of the rotor at 90 0.
Move this force around the rim of the rotor so that it moves
through 900 and in the same direction as the rotor spins.
IV. Precession will move the rotor in the direction that will result
in the axes of applied force and of rotation coinciding.
V. For a constant gyroscopic speed, the rate of precession is
proportional to the applied force.
VI. The opposite also applies, so for a given force the rate of
precession is inversely proportional to rotor speed.

Attitude indicator.

Determining Precession Direction

If a mass is mounted on a rotating shaft, and the centroid is

offset from the axis of rotation, mass will exert centrifugal
force on the shaft.
Even if the eccentricity is small, force may be considerable
at high speed.

So, it will cause the shaft to bend.

If large stresses produced, will cause damage to bearing.
Addition by vibrations from supports and surroundings will
cause undesirable effect.
Some eccentricity is due to manufacturing imperfections or
design, so it is unavoidable.
Balancing is needed to eliminate effect of centrifugal force.
Eg ; weights put on car wheels to balance them, make it
easier to drive at high speed.


Force that resists any sliding movement between two

contacting surfaces.

Can be taken as advantage, for brakes on vehicle to try to

walk on smooth surface.

Frictional force depends on nature between two surfaces.

Acts in any directions but always acts in opposing motion.

angle of the plane () is increased, the body remains

stationary, until at some particular value of , it begins to
move down the plane.
At this maximum value, the force opposing motion
Fmax = mg sin ,
and the normal reaction between the body and the plane
R = mg cos .
F/ R = mg sin / mg cos = tan
ratio F/R (tan ) is termed the Coefficient of Friction ( ) - <
= F = tan

Coefficient of Static Friction

Static friction is friction between two solid objects that are

not moving relative to each other.

The static friction force must be overcome by an applied

force before an object can move.

The maximum possible friction force between two surfaces

before sliding begins is the product of the coefficient of
static friction.

sometimes referred to as limiting friction.

Coefficient of Static Friction () = Friction Force ( F )
Normal Reaction ( N )
Frictional Force , F = N

Coefficient of Dynamic Friction

Dynamic friction is when two objects are moving relative to

each other and rub together (like a sled on the ground).

The amount of force required to keep the object moving is

called the coefficient of dynamic friction.

usually less than the coefficient of static friction for the

same materials

There are several types of friction:

Dry friction resists relative lateral motion of two solid

surfaces in contact. Dry friction is subdivided into static
friction between non-moving surfaces, and kinetic friction
between moving surfaces.

Fluid friction describes the friction between layers within

a viscous fluid that are moving relative to each other.

Lubricated friction is a case of fluid friction where a fluid

separates two solid surfaces.

Skin friction is a component of drag, the force resisting

the motion of a solid body through a fluid.

Internal friction is the force resisting motion between the

elements making up a solid material while it undergoes

Fluid dynamics

Fluid term used for liquid and gases.

Specific gravity and density

Density mass per unit volume.

Varies with :
Temperature ( for solids and liquid )
Temperature and pressure ( gas )

Density ( ) = mass
Eg : liquid that fills a certain container has a mass of 756
kg. The container is 1.6 m long, 1.0 m wide and 0.75 of a
metre deep. The liquid density should be ?
= 756
= 630kgm-3

Standard conditions for the measurement of gas density is

established at 00C and a pressure of 1013.25 milli-bars
(Standard atmospheric pressure).

Temperature change will not change the mass of the

substance, but as temperature change, the substance tend
to expand or contract, altering the volume.

Relative Density

It is necessary to compare density of one substance with the

other to achieve a standard which all other substance can
be compared.

For solid and liquid, compare with water at 4 0C.

For gas, compare with air.

Relative Density = mass of any volume of a substance
mass of equal volume of water / air

Eg ; if a hydraulic fluid has relative density of 0.8, then 1L of

the liquid wieghs 0.8 times as much as 1L of water.


Used to measure the relative density of liquids.

Glass float contained within cylindrical glass body.

Weight at the bottom, scale at the top.

When liquid drawn into the body, float displays relative

density on graduated scale.

Immersion in pure water will give out reading of 1.000.

App. in aviation : to measure battery electrolyte and fuel.


Measure of the resistance of a fluid which is being deformed

by either shear stress or tensile stress.
Also known as "thickness" or "internal friction.
Eg : water has thin velocity, while honey has thick
so there is friction between two liquid surfaces even when
they consist of the same liquid.
This internal friction opposes the motion of one layer over
another and, when it is great, it makes the flow of the liquid
very slow.
Viscosity of a liquid rapidly decreases as its temperature

Viscosity of different liquids can be compared in different


Eg ; if we allow fluids of different viscosity run out of

container, the higher the viscosity, the longer time taken
to empty the container.

It is important to know about viscosity as aircraft uses

fluids such as oil in the engine for lubrication.

Fluid Resistance

Skin friction
Resistance present on a thin, flat plate which is edgewise on
to a fluid flow.
Near the surface, the fluid is slowed up due to roughness of
the skin, and fluid can also be considered as stationary at the
Effected by skin smoothness.
The rougher the skin, the higher the friction.

Eddies or turbulent airflow

swirling of a fluid and the reverse current created when the
fluid flows past an obstacle.
The moving fluid creates a space devoid of downstreamflowing fluid on the downstream side of the object.
Eg. If you put plate at right angles to flow, turbulence will be
created behind the plate and a very high resistance .

Effect of streamlining
flowing steadily over a smooth surface, narrow layers of it
follow smooth paths that are known as streamlines.
This smooth flow is also known as laminar flow.
If laminar flow encounter obstructions, the streamline will
break and become irregular or turbulent.

If fluid flows slowly along pipe,

the flow is streamline.

If flow is very fast and exceeds

a certain critical speed,
the flow will become turbulent.

The Compressibility of Fluids

All fluids are compressible, so that their density will change

with pressure.

Fluid ;
i. assume as incompressible provided under steady flow
conditions, and changes of density small.

Gases ;
i. easily compressed except when changes of pressure


density are small.

Static and Dynamic Pressure

Pressure acting on x x1 is due to the weight of the fluid

acting downwards.
W = mg ( g = gravitational force )
mass = volume x density
= height x cross-sectional area x density
= hA
so, downwards force = h . . g . A acting on A
and pressure will be = h g . A

Static pressure

Act depth h, within a stationary fluid of density .

Reduces density accompanied by reduced pressure.

Dynamic pressure

Eg, moving air is essential in flight.

Dynamic presssure = v2 where = density, v =


Worked example
What is the pressure at 10.5 m deep of liquid in a pool having
the density of 2.5kg/m3 ?

What is the depth of an object from the surface if pressure

exerted on it is 100psi in a 5.3kg/m3 liquid ?

Bernoullis Theorem
a principle that explains the relationship between potential
and kinetic energy in a fluid.
In a fluid the potential energy is that caused by the
pressure of the fluid, while the kinetic energy is that caused
by the fluids movement.
As a fluid enters a venturi tube, it is travelling at a known
velocity and pressure.
When the fluid enters the restriction it must speed up, or
increase its kinetic energy. However, when the kinetic
energy increases, the potential energy decreases and
therefore the pressure decreases.


Laws Of Thermodynamics
First Law
Energy cannot be created or destroyed. It can only be converted
from one to another. When the energy converts from one form into
other forms the total quantity of energy remains the same.

Second Law
Heat can only transfer from a high temperature region to a lower
temperature region. It cannot naturally transfer the other way.

Third Law
The transfer of energy from matter becomes increasingly difficult
as its temperature approaches absolute zero. It is considered
impossible at absolute zero.

Heat is a form of energy that causes molecular agitation
within a material.
is a measure of the kinetic energy of molecules.
Temperature scale;
Freezing 00C
Boiling 1000C
Farenheit Scale - when you increased the temperature of a
gas by one degree Celsius, it expands by 1/273 of its original
So if the temperature was decreased to 273 degrees below
zero, the volume of the gas would also decrease to zero, and
there would be no more molecular activity absolute zero.
On the Celsius scale absolute zero is - 273 0C. On the
Fahrenheit scale it is 4600F.
Conversion ;
C x 9/5 + 32 = F ( from Deg. Centigrade to
Farenheit )
(F - 32) x 5/9 = C ( from Farenheit to Deg. Centigrade

is the exchange of thermal energy from a hot body to a cold
When a hot body and a cold body have contact, heat will
flow from the hot body to the cold body until they both
reach thermal equilibrium (they are at the same
For example ;
When an aircrafts brakes are applied, the kinetic energy of
the moving aircraft is changed into heat energy by the rubbing
action of the brake friction material against the brake discs.
SI system :
Joule (J)
British thermal unit (Btu)
calorie (cal)

Heat Capacity

specific heat - amount of heat per unit mass required to

raise the temperature by one degree Celsius.

Relationship between heat and temperature change :

Q = cmT

Q is the heat added in 0C

C the specific heat capacity in J / kg0C
M is the mass in kg
T is Tfinal Tinitial in 0C

Different materials require differing amounts of heat energy

to change their temperature.

The heat energy required to change the temperature of 1

kg of material by 1 K is known as the specific heat capacity
(c) of the material.

Due to the high specific heat of water, oceans and large

lakes serve as temperature stabilisers.

Land surfaces have a much lower specific heat, and the

temperature can vary significantly throughout the day.

Heat Transfer

three methods by which heat is transferred from one

location to another or from one substance to another, which
are :


When body having high heat energy in contact with body

having low heat energy.

Eg; When hot object in contact with cold object, energy of

molecules from hot object will be transferred to molecules
of cold object until they have the same amount of energy
( stabilize ).

Various metals have different rates of conduction.

Liquids are poor conductors of heat in comparison with


.Gases are even worse conductors of heat than liquids.

Insulators are materials that reduce or prevent heat



process by which heat is transferred by the movement of a

heated fluid.

Transfer of heat by convection is often hastened by the use

of a ventilating fan to move the air surrounding a hot

Eg ; when heat is absorbed by a free-moving fluid, the fluid

closest to the heat source expands and its density


is the only form of energy transfer that does not require the
presence of matter.

refers to the continual emission of energy from the surface of all


This energy is known as radiant energy of which sunlight is a


This is why you feel warm standing in front of a window whilst it

is very cold outside

Expansion and Contraction

All materials expand and contract with a change in temperature.

gases which expand the greatest amount .
Solids and liquids expand much less than gases

Volumetric Expansion

Expansion considered as change in length, change in area

or change in volume.
Different materials expand at different rates.

Expansion of Solids
Expansion is proportional to the increase in temperature to
the original dimension and depends on the actual material
L2 - L 1 =

L1 (2 - 1)

L2 and L1 are final and initial lengths,

2 and 1 are final and initial temperatures
is a material constant (coefficient of linear expansion).

Expansion of Fluids

Fluids expand more than solids.

For gases, as volume and temperature changes are usually

accompanied by pressure changes.

The law of Thermodynamics

Thermodynamics is the study of the way that one does

work with heat.

Energy conservation limits the amount of work we can get

out of a certain amount of heat.

first law of thermodynamics

States that energy is conserved.
The change in internal energy of a system is equal to the
heat added to the system minus the work done by the
U = Q W

( is the mathematical symbol for a change in a quantity)

U is the change in internal energy,
Q is the heat added to the system
W is the work done by the system.
Q is positive if it is put into the system, negative if it is
taken out of the system.
W is positive if the system does work on its surroundings
and is negative if work is done on the system.
The internal energy is the sum of the kinetic and potential
energy of the atom and molecules that make up the

second law of thermodynamics

general principle which places constraints upon the

direction of heat transfer and the attainable efficiencies of
heat engines.

States that heat transfer will occur naturally of its own

accord down the temperature gradient.

Heat will naturally flow from a hot region to a cool region

but not the other way around.

the basic sense of the principle :

Heat will not flow spontaneously from a cold object to a

hot object.

You cannot create a heat engine which extracts heat and

converts it all to useful work.

There is a thermal bottleneck which constrains devices

which convert stored energy to heat and then use the heat to
accomplish work.


Ideal gas - one in which all collisions between atoms or

molecules are perfectly elastic and in which there are no
intermolecular attractive forces.

a collection of perfectly hard spheres which collide but

which otherwise do not interact with each other.

all the internal energy is in the form of kinetic energy and

any change in internal energy is accompanied by a change
in temperature.

From the Ideal Gas Law ;


Boyles Law
If temperature is constant ;


Charles Law
If pressure is constant ;

Isothermal and Adiabatic Processes

Isothermal process - in which the temperature in a system
remains constant.
Adiabatic process - one where no heat is added to, or taken
away from the system.
Heat engine

heat engine is a system that performs the conversion of

heat or thermal energy to mechanical work.

Heat Engine Processes

a useful process is the adiabatic process where no heat

enters or leaves the system.
The first law of thermodynamics with Q=0, i.e. heat = zero
shows that all the change in internal energy is in the form of
work done.
internal energy is proportional to temperature, there is no
change in the internal energy of the gas during an
isothermal process.
All the heat added to the system is used to do work.

Engine Cycle

Carnot Cycle
consisting of two isothermal processes and two adiabatic
can be thought of as the most efficient heat engine cycle
allowed by physical laws.
the Carnot efficiency sets the limiting value on the fraction
of the heat which can be so used.
In order to approach the Carnot efficiency, the processes
involved in the heat engine cycle must be reversible and
involve no change in energy available to do work.
This means that the Carnot cycle is an idealisation, since no
real engine processes are reversible and all real physical
processes involve some increase in energy available to do
work .

Heat Flow to Hotter Region

internal energy will not spontaneously flow from a hot

region to a cold region.
But if external force is given, heat can flow from cold region
to hot region.
Usually this is done with the aid of a phase change, i.e., a
refrigerant liquid is forced to evaporate and extract energy
from the cold area. . Then it is compressed and forced to
condense in the hot area, dumping its heat of vaporisation
into the hot area.


Heat Pump

Optics ( light )

Speed Of Light

is one form of transmission of Electro-magnetic energy.

travels at high speed (about 3 x 108 metres per second) and

in straight lines.

Can be bent or reflected.

Laws Of Reflection and Refraction

Light can also be reflected.
Observation and measurement will show that ;
a. the incident and reflected rays lie in the same plane.
b. the angle of incidence equals the angle of reflection.

Plain and Curved Mirrors

When you look in a mirror, you see a reflection, usually

termed an image.
For example, if an object is viewed from two different angle,
the reflected rays :
appear to come from which corresponds to the image.
lies on the same normal to the mirror as the object.
appears the same distance behind the mirror as the
object is in front.
Appears as the same size.

For mirror that is not plain, it may be curved, spherical and

Incidence equals reflection - still holds, but the curved
surface allows the rays to be focused or dispersed.

FP is known as the focal length.

Note the rays actually pass through F,
and a real image can be formed.

FP is still the focal length, but the

image is virtual.

The size of the image depends on the position of the object.

image may be smaller or larger.

If the object is near to the mirror, the image will be far and
larger from the mirror but in opposite plane.
If the object is far from the mirror, the image will be nearer
and small, between the position of object and mirror in
opposite plane.
magnification = image height
object height

For spherical mirror, magnification = image distance

object distance

Concave mirrors (e.g. shaving mirrors) give a magnified,

erect (right way up) image, if viewed from close-to.

Convex mirrors (e.g. driving mirrors) give a smaller, erect

image, but with a wide field of view.

Parabolic reflectors can focus a wide parallel beam. By

placing the bulb at the focus, they can produce a strong
beam of light. (Conversely, they can focus microwave
signals when used as an aerial).


A submerged object is often seen at reduced depth.

This is because the ray has been bent at the water / air

Refraction Index

Since the angle of incidence and refraction is not the same ;

sine i = ( a constant )
sine r

depends on the 2 mediums involved.

= speed of light in medium 1
speed of light in medium 2

Ray (1) has been refracted across the

boundary, but ray (2) has been
internally reflected at the boundary.

critical angle of incidence when the

ray in the denser medium does not
emerge, but travels along the

sine C = 1 / exists

Refraction is the basic principle

which explains the workings of
prisms and lenses.

Total Internal Refraction

Refraction at a denser medium, a beam of light is bent
towards the normal and, vice versa.

APB ray reflected away.

APD angle of incidence increased, angle of refraction
900 .
APC Angle of incidence further increased , angle of
refraction is >900 , remaining in the boundary.
Total internal refraction where none of lights passing
through the boundary.

Convex and Concave Lenses

The light rays then meet the surface of the lens at an angle to
the normal, and are then refracted.

Images can be real or virtual, erect or inverted, and larger or


The nature of the image will depend on the type of lens, and the
position of the object in relation to the focal length of the lens,
(the focal length is a function of the curvature of the lens

Fibre Optics

Depends upon the total internal reflection of light rays.

Light can be trapped by total internal reflection inside a

bent glass rod and piped along a curved path as in the
diagram below. a single, very thin glass fiber behaves in
the same way.

They are small and so, once light is introduced into the fiber
with an angle within the confines of the numerical aperture
of the fiber, it will continue to reflect almost losslessly off
the walls of the fiber and thus can travel long distances in
the fiber.

If a bundle of parallel fibers is used to construct an optical

transmission line, images can be transferred from one point
to another.

Fibre Optic Imaging

Principle : light striking at one end will be transmitted to the

other end of the fibre.

If the arrangement of fibres in the bundle is kept constant

then the transmitted light forms a mosaic image of the light
which struck the end of the bundle.

Wave motion
and sound

Wave motion

For example, wave is created at a lake or pond due to

disturbance, such as a rock thrown into the water.

The water wave has a crest and a trough and travels from
one location to another.

One crest is often followed by a second crest which is often

followed by a third crest, and so on.

waves may be circular waves which originate from the point

where the disturbances occur; such circular waves travel
across the surface of the water in all directions.

Another example, if a slinky is stretched out from end to

end, a wave can be introduced into the slinky by either
vibrating the first coil up and down vertically or back and
forth horizontally.

As the wave moves along the slinky, each individual coil is

seen to move out of place and then return to its original

The wave does not stop when it reaches the end of the
slinky; rather it seems to bounce off the end and head back
from where it started.

Categories of Waves
Waves come in many shapes and forms.
Some share basic characteristic properties and behaviours,
some waves can be distinguished from others based on
some very observable (and some non-observable)
It is common to categorise waves based on these
distinguishing characteristics.

Direction Of Movement
Transverse wave

Wave moves in a direction perpendicular to the direction

which the wave moves.

If pulse is applied to the left end by vibrating it up and

down, the energy will be transported from left to right and
particle will be displaced upwards and downwards.

Longitudinal Wave

Wave in which particles of the medium move in a direction

parallel to the direction which the wave moves.

If force is applied to the left end by vibrating it left and

right, the energy will be transported from left to right and
particle will be displaced rightwards and leftwards.

Ability to transmit through vacuum

Electromagnetic Wave
wave which is capable of transmitting its energy through a
Electromagnetic waves are produced by the vibration of
electrons within atoms on the Sun's surface.
These waves subsequently travel through the vacuum of
outer space, subsequently reaching Earth.
Eg ; Light Wave.
Mechanical Wave
Wave which is not capable of transmitting its energy
through a vacuum.
Require a medium in order to transport their energy from
one location to another.
Eg ; Sound Wave.

Anatomy of Waves

dashed line - equilibrium or rest position of the string.

(if there were no disturbance moving through it )

Points A and F - crests of this wave (point on the medium

which exhibits the maximum amount of positive or upwards
displacement from the rest position)

Points D and I - troughs of this wave (point on the

medium which exhibits the maximum amount of negative
or downwards displacement from the rest position )

Amplitude of a wave - maximum amount of displacement

of a particle on the medium from its rest position. ( from
rest to crest )

Wavelength ;
a. Simply the length of one complete wave cycle.
b. Wave has a repeating pattern. And the length of one


repetition (known as a wave cycle) is the wavelength.

c. Can be measured as the distance from crest to crest or

from trough to trough. ( B G, E - J, D I )

Longitudinal wave

is a wave in which the particles of the medium are displaced

in a direction parallel to the direction of energy transport.

Wavelength - determined by measuring the distance

between any two corresponding points on adjacent waves.
( measure distance from a compression to the next
compression or from a rarefaction to the next rarefaction ; A

Frequency and Period of a Wave

Frequency ;
a. refers to how often the particles of the medium vibrate
when a wave passes through the medium.
b. number of complete vibration cycles of a medium per a
given amount of time and it as the units of cycles per second
or Hertz (Hz) where 1 Hz is equivalent to 1 cycle/second.
c. . A detector could be used to detect the frequency of
these pressure oscillations over a given period of time.
d. unit : Hertz, Hz ( cycle / sec )
Period ;
a. the time which it takes to do something.
b. the time for a particle on a medium to make one
complete vibration cycle.
c. When an event occurs repeatedly, then we say that the
event is periodic.
d. measured in units of time such as seconds, hours, days
or years.

Interference Phenomena
Wave interference
phenomenon which occurs when two waves meet while
travelling along the same medium.

Causes the medium to take on a shape which results from

the net effect of the two individual waves upon the particles
of the medium.
Eg ; if 2 crests of wave having amplitude of +1 move into
each other, the resulting sine crest +2 is created at the
moment when the 2 waves overlapped.
Sometimes called Constructive Interference.

Constructive Interference

Occurs at any location along the medium where the two

interfering waves have a displacement in the same

If both waves have an upward displacement; consequently,

the medium has an upward displacement which is greater
than the displacement of the two interfering pulses.

Destructive Interference

type of interference which occurs at any location along the

medium where the two interfering waves have a
displacement in the opposite direction.

If a sine crest with an amplitude of +1 unit meets a sine

trough with an amplitude of -1 unit, destructive interference
The two pulses cancel each other for the duration of the
Once the two pulses pass through each other, there is still
a crest and a trough heading in the same direction which
they were heading before interference.

Principle of Superposition
When two waves interfere, the resulting displacement of the medium
at any location is the algebraic sum of the displacements of the
individual waves at that same location.

To determine the shape of the resultant wave caused by the interference of

two separate waves.

Standing Wave pattern :

An interference phenomena.
When the vibration frequency of the source causes reflected
waves from one end of the medium to interfere with incident
waves from the source in such a manner that specific points
along the medium appear to be standing still.
Only created within the medium at specific frequencies of
vibration; these frequencies are known as harmonic
frequencies, or merely harmonics.
From the presence of two waves (sometimes more) of the
same frequency with different directions of travel within the
same medium.

Anti-nodes - point A on the medium moves from a positive

to a negative displacement over time.

Nodes - point B on the medium is a point which never


Standing Wave

stationary wave - is a wave that remains in a constant position.

often applied to a resonant mode of an extended vibrating object.

created by constructive interference of two waves which travel in

opposite directions in the medium, but the visual effect is that of an
entire system moving in simple harmonic motion.

modes of vibration associated with resonance in extended objects

like strings and air columns have characteristic patterns called
standing waves.

arise from the combination of reflection and interference such that

the reflected waves interfere constructively with the incident waves.

An important part of the condition for this constructive interference

for stretched strings is the fact that the waves change phase upon
reflection from a fixed end.

Sound wave - pressure disturbance which travels through
a medium by means of particle interaction.
As one particle becomes disturbed, it exerts a force on the
next adjacent particle, thus disturbing that particle from
rest and transporting the energy through the medium.
speed of a sound wave refers to how fast the disturbance
is passed from particle to particle.
frequency refers to the number of vibrations which an
individual particle makes per unit of time.
speed refers to the distance which the disturbance travels
per unit of time.

Speed of Sound

Is determined to be 331 m / s at 00C 1087 ft /s , 741 mph

or 644 kts.

liquids are better transmitters of sound.

Eg. sound waves travel approx. 4 times faster in water than in

air and speed of sound in solids is even greater, sound travels
through steel is 15 times faster than it travels in air.
speed ( sound wave ) = frequency x wavelength

Alteration in wavelength effects the frequency, but not the

wave speed.

Doubling of wavelength results in halving the frequency, but

wave speed doe not change.

The speed of sound wave depends on the properties of the

medium through which it moves.

Primarily affected by temperature, the lower the

temperature, the lower the speed of sound.
speed of sound = ( R T )

= ratio of specific heats of the gas

R = gas constant
T = gas temperature ( in Kelvin )

It determines the nature and formation of shock waves.

Mach No = True Airspeed of aircraft
Speed Of Sound


amount of energy which is transported past a given area of the

medium per unit of time.

Often referred to as loudness , the energy of the wave.

The greater the amplitude of vibrations of the particles of the medium,

the greater the rate at which energy is transported through it, and the
more intense that the sound wave is.

Intensity is the energy/time/area; and since the energy/time ratio is

equivalent to the quantity power, intensity is simply the power/area.
Intensity = Energy
Time x Area

or Intensity = Power

Eg ; if amplitude of sound wave is doubled, intensity will increase


Unit : Watts / Meter2 . But scale to measure intensity; Desibel (dB)

Best described as position on musical scale.

The ears of humans (and other animals) are sensitive

detectors capable of detecting the fluctuations in air
pressure which impinge upon the eardrum.

The human ear is capable of detecting sound waves with a

wide range of frequencies, ranging between approximately
20 Hz to 20 000 Hz.

The sensations of these frequencies are commonly referred

to as the pitch.

A high pitch sound corresponds to a high frequency and a

low pitch sound corresponds to a low frequency.

Doppler Effect

effect produced by a moving source of waves in which there

is an apparent upward shift in frequency for the observer and
the source are approaching and an apparent downward shift
in frequency when the observer and the source is receding.

Occur with all types of waves - most notably water waves,

sound waves, and light waves.

Doppler Effect observed because the distance between the source of

sound and the observer is changing.

If the source and the observer are approaching, then the distance is
decreasing and if the source and the observer are receding, then the
distance is increasing.

If the source is moving towards the observer, the observer perceives

sound waves reaching him or her at a more frequent rate (high pitch); and
if the source is moving away from the observer, the observer perceives
sound waves reaching him or her at a less frequent rate (low pitch).