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Published on March 18, 2014

Author: felipedelagarzam



Definition Force is a push or a pull given by the interaction of one object with another. There are two types of forces: Contact Forces: Frictional Force Applied Force Normal Force Air Resistance Force Non-Contact Forces: Gravitational Force Electrical Force Magnetic Force

Applied Force Force that is applied consciously Pushing a desk

Frictional Force Exerted by a surface on an object moving across it Endless moving ball and Newton’s First Law

Gravity Force (Weight) Force that massively large objects (Earth, moon, Sun) exert on every object on it Weight = m x g M = Mass G, on Earth = 9.8 N/kg


How Does Gravity Affect the Body? Gravity is a key component in muscle development Center of mass

Impact on Sports  Weight Lifting

Impact on Sports  Wrestling

Mass and Weight

What is Mass?  The amount of material/matter in a body.  The more matter there is the more it will weigh.  Mass stays the same.  Measured in Kilograms.  Greater mass = more weight.

What is Weight?  How hard gravity pulls on an object.  Weight changes.  Measured in Newton's.  Greater mass = more weight.

Instantaneous Velocity (The only difference between instantaneous speed and instantaneous velocity is that speed is a scalar and velocity is a vector).  The measure of velocity of an object at a particular moment.  Velocity is the rate at which an object changes its position  Velocity is speed with direction (vector)  Sometimes we want to be more precise about what is happening between the initial and final times in a problem.  Instantaneous velocity is the velocity at a specific instant in time. This can be different to the average velocity if the velocity isn't constant.

Instantaneous Acceleration  Acceleration (change of velocity/time) at any given time. It is the acceleration of a certain body (or particle) at any particular given or chosen instant.  An example would be if you had a car, in 1st gear there is more torque applied to the wheels so its acceleration is higher. Shifting to 2nd gear you are going faster, but your acceleration is less. Let's say you ended up spending 2 seconds in 1st gear, and went from 0 to 15mph. You then spent 3 seconds in 2nd gear and went from 15mph to 30mph. Your instantaneous acceleration in 1st gear is 7.5 mph/s. In 2nd gear, it was 5mph/s [(30-15)/3]. Your average acceleration is 30/5 = 6mph/s. This is the equivalent acceleration you would have needed to maintain to go from 0 to 30mph in 5 seconds.  This is what we did in our labs we calculated instantaneous acceleration

Ave. Velocity and Acceleration  Simpler to calculate  Average Velocity=The change in displacement/time  Example- Traveled a total distance of 440 miles north. Trip took 8 hours. What was the average velocity?  55 miles/hr North  Average Acceleration= The change in velocity(final-initial)/time  Example- sprinter on 100 m race  (14m/s-0 m/s)/ 9s =1.56m/s/s

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