PHYS 1110/2010 Midterm 2 Study Guide

Quick recap of Force Problems

  1. Write down knowns + unknowns

  2. Draw a picture

  3. Choose a coordinate system + Usually x is horizontal, y is vertical + For ramps choose x to be down the ramp and y to be perpendicular to the ramp

  4. Draw a free body diagram!!

  5. Write down sum of forces from tree body diagram

6. Is the acceleration in the x or y direction 0?

7. Use force equations to solve for unknowns!

Work + Energy

Work-Energy Theorem:

"Work done equals change in kinetic energy"

How to calculate work done by forces:

Work done on an object in circular motion is always zero!

Conservation of Energy:

“Energy in the beginning equals energy in the end”

If there’s kinetic and potential at the beginning and only kinetic at the end, then:

Just an example, it won’t always look like this



Force of gravity

If we cross out the little m’s, we get the gravitational acceleration on a planet:


Momentum is ALWAYS conserved!!!

(The lines on the top just mean that they're vectors)

Momentum of one object is

+ Notice that momentum is a vector that points in the same direction as velocity

+ If you want to add two momentums, you have to do vector addition


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January 11, 2020

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