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Mechanics, Thermodynamics, Oscillations and waves

College Physics I: Notes and exercises

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This book is an algebra based treatment of motion, vectors, forces, work and energy, momentum and collisions, torque, physics of solids and fluids, temperature, heat, harmonic motion and sound waves.
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This book is an algebra based treatment of mechanics and thermodynamics. The concepts discussed include motion, vectors, forces, relationship between forces and motion, work, energy, relationship between work and energy, conservation of energy, momentum, conservation of momentum, collisions, torque, relationship between torque and rotational motion, physics of solids and fluids, temperature, expansion of metals and gasses, heat, relationship between heat and temperature, phase changes, ways of transfer of heat, laws of thermodynamics, harmonic motion and waves, sound waves, and standing waves.

  1. Introduction to Mechanics
    1. Measurement
    2. The SI System of Units
    3. Significant Figures
    4. Standard (Scientific) Notation
    5. Practice Quiz 1.1
    6. Conversion of Units
    7. Dimensional Analysis
    8. Order of Magnitude Calculation
    9. Brief Review of Trigonometry
    10. Coordinate Systems
    11. Practice Quiz 1.2
  2. One Dimensional Motion
    1. Variables of Motion
    2. Practice Quiz 2.1
    3. Uniformly Accelerated Motion
    4. Practice Quiz 2.2
  3. Two Dimensional Motion
    1. Vectors
    2. Practice Quiz 3.1
    3. Two Dimensional Motion Variables
    4. Uniformly Accelerated Motion
    5. Practice Quiz 3.2
  4. Laws of Motion
    1. Types of Forces
    2. Non-contact Forces
    3. Contact Forces
    4. Practice Quiz 4.1
    5. Statics
    6. Dynamics
    7. Practice Quiz 4.2
  5. Work and Energy
    1. Work Kinetic Energy Theorem
    2. Conservative Forces
    3. Practice Quiz 5.1
    4. Work done by Non-Conservative forces
    5. Practice Quiz 5.2
  6. Momentum and Collisions
    1. Principle of Conservation of Momentum
    2. Conservation of Momentum for Collisions
    3. Practice Quiz 6.1
    4. Practice Quiz 6.2
  7. Circular Motion and Law of Gravitation
    1. Circular Motion
    2. Uniform Circular Motion
    3. Uniformly Accelerated Circular Motion
    4. Practice Quiz 7.1
    5. Law of Gravitation
    6. Problems Involving Circular Motion
    7. Practice Quiz 7.2
  8. Rotational Equilibrium and Rotational Dynamics
    1. Torque
    2. Rotational Equilibrium
    3. Rotational Dynamics
    4. Angular Momentum
    5. Practice Quiz 8.2
  9. Solids and Fluids
    1. Solids
    2. Fluids
    3. Fluid Statics
    4. Practice Quiz 9.1
    5. Fluid Dynamics
    6. Practice Quiz 9.2
  10. Thermal Physics
    1. Temperature
    2. Expansion of Metals
    3. Practice Quiz 10.1
    4. Expansion of Gasses
    5. Practice Quiz 10.2
    6. Heat and Change of Temperature
    7. Mixtures
    8. Heat and Phase Changes
    9. Practice Quiz 11.1
    10. Ways of Transfer of Heat
    11. Practice Quiz 11.2
  11. Laws of Thermodynamics
    1. The First Law of Thermodynamics
    2. The Second Law of Thermodynamics
  12. Vibrations and Waves
    1. Harmonic Motion
    2. Motion of an Object attached to a Spring: An Example of a Harmonic Motion
    3. Motion of a Pendulum: an Example of a Harmonic Motion
    4. Waves
    5. Practice Quiz 13.2
  13. Sound Waves
    1. Relationship between Speed of Sound and Temperature
    2. Intensity of Sound Waves
    3. Speed of Sound in Fluids and Metals
    4. Doppler’s Effect
    5. Practice Quiz 14.1
    6. Speed of a Wave in a string
    7. Standing Waves
    8. A Beat
    9. Practice Quiz 14.2
  14. Answers to Practice Quizzes
About the Author

Daniel Gebreselasie

Daniel Gebreselasie received a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from Asmara University (in Asmara Eritrea) in 1986. From 1986 to 1989, he worked as a lecturer in the Physics department of Asmara University. In 1989, he joined Baylor University (in Waco, Texas) to pursue Graduate studies in Physics. Daniel received his Master's degree in physics in 1992 and in 1995 earned a Doctorate degree in Condensed Matter Physics. Dr. Daniel Gebreselasie dissertation was in the area of Computational Surface Physics. After graduation, Dr. Gebreselasie worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the Physics department of Baylor University. Currently, he works at Galveston College as a Professor of Physics.