Street-Fighting Physics! - Professor Kevin Kimball, BS, U.S.N.- retired
PHYS 110                 kkimball@smccme.edu
 
 
Topics:
 
Math needed for this course:
 
Scientific Notation
  • Operations in Scientific Notation
  • Metric System
  • Prefixes
Conversions in Scientific Notation and Metric System
  • Factor-labelling unit conversions
  • "Navy Egg" (How to cheat at algebra, the Navy Way)
 
Terminology/Standard Measures:
  • Displacement
  • Force
  • Mass
  • Inertia
  • Volume
  • Time
 
 
Historical Figures:
  • Democritus
  • Aristotle
  • Ptolemy
  • Copernicus
  • Galileo
  • Newton


Here's a fun short story regarding an alternate view of the Geocentric "Crystal Spheres."
 
The Crystal Spheres.pdf (PDF — 393 KB)







Concepts of the Scientific Method:
  • Theory
  • Hypothesis
  • Law
  • "Repeatable, predictable results"
  • Observation
  • Collecting, organizing data
  • Limiting the scope of inquiry
  • Idealization




 





Nova Documentary: "Judgment Day":
  • Tiktaalic
  • Centromeres/Telomeres
  • Irreducible Complexity
  • Theory vs law vs fact vs hypothesis
 
Structure of the Atom:
  • Proton
  • Electron
  • Neutron
  • Nucleus
  • Solar System Model
  • Electron Cloud Model
  • Uncertainty
  • Relative masses of subatomic particles
 
Historical Figures/Concepts:
  • Democritus
  • Aristotle
  • Ptolemy
  • Copernicus
  • Galileo
  • Newton
  • Dalton
  • Thompson
  • Rutherford
  • Bohr
  • Schrodinger
  • Heisenberg
  • Chadwick
 
 
 
ADDITIONAL PRACTICE:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Just for fun:
 
SOME AMAZING VIDEO: 
 
Here's a neat short SF story from the early 50's that is a fun read after discussing Newton's work with gravity:
 
UPCOMING TOPICS:
 
Kinematics - motion in two dimensions
 
LAB:
Projectile launcher
 
For those who missed notes on acceleration last week:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
TOPICS:
 
 
  • Motion
  • Velocity, acceleration
 
 
  • Acceleration formulas
  • Creating "Cheat Sheet"
  • Informal Lab: Working through acceleration problems
 
 
  • Right-angle trig, Vectors of force
 
 
  • Right-angle trig, Vectors of force
 
LAB: Freefall Tower
  • Measuring the Acceleration of Earth's Gravity at Sea Level
  • Calculating Earth's mass, escape velocity, period of Moon's orbit
 
TOPICS:
  • Adding vectors of force
  • Equilibrant vectors
  • Demo: Force Table Lab
  • LAB: Force Table
  • Motion
  • Velocity, acceleration
 
 
GO HERE FOR ADDITIONAL HELP WITH TRIG:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Vector Analysis:
  • Sine
  • Cosine
  • Tangent
  • Theta
  • Reciprocal Functions
  • Concurrent Forces
 
 
Topics:
  • Force
  • Vectors/vector analysis
  • Trigonometry
 
 
 
LAB 1:
Mass Density
 
 
 
 
 
Mass-Density Analysis:
 
  • Volume - cubic meters, cubic centimeters, liters, milliliters
  • Converting grams/cubic centimeters to Kilograms/cubic meters
  • Predicting mass of sample using cross-multiplying formula
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