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Physics Notes (Definitions)

Form 4
Chapter 1: Introduction to Physics
1. Base Quantities- Quantities that cannot be defined in terms of other base quantities
2. Derived Quantities- Quantities that are obtained by combining base quantities
3. Scalar Quantities- Quantities that have only magnitude
4. Vector Quantities- Quantities that have both magnitude and direction
5. Consistency- Ability of an instrument to register same reading when a measurement is
repeated
6. Accuracy- Degree of how close a measurement is to the actual value
7. Sensitivity- Ability of an instrument to detect a small change in the quantity measured
Chapter 2: Forces and Motion
1. Speed- Rate of change of distance
2. Velocity- Rate of change of displacement
3. Acceleration- Rate of change of of velocity
4. Deceleration- Rate of decrease in velocity
5. Inertia- Tendency of an object to remain at rest or continue moving
6. Newton's First Law- Inertia
7. Linear Momentum- Product of mass and velocity
8. Principle of Conservation of Momentum- Total momentum of a system remains unchanged if
no external force acts on the system
9. Force- Anything that changes the state of rest or motion of an object moving in a straight
line
10. Newton's 2nd Law- Acceleration, a, is directly proportional to the net force acting on it, F,
and inversely proportional to its mass, m
11. Impulse- Change in momentum
12. Impulsive force- Rate of change of momentum
13. Gravitational Force- Pulled force towards centre of earth
14. Free fall- Object falling under the force of gravity only
15. Gravitational Acceleration- Acceleration of falling object due to gravity
16. Gravitational Field- Region around the earth in which an object experience gravitational
attraction
17. Resultant Force- Single force that represents the combined effect of two or more forces
18. Unbalanced Force- Produce an acceleration to the object
19 Forces in Equilibrium- When resulting force acting on the object is zero
20. Newton's 3rd Law- To every action, there is an equal but opposite direction
21. Work- Product of force, F, and its displacement, s, in the direction of applied force
22. Energy- Ability to do work
23. Gravitational Potential Energy- Energy stored in object due to its position in a force field
24. Kinetic Energy- Energy possessed by an object due to its motion
25. Power- Amount of work done per second
26. Efficiency- Percentage of the energy input that is transferred into useful energy
28. Elasticity- Ability to return to its original shape after external force is removed
29. Elastic Limit- Maximum force that can be applied to a spring such that the spring will be
able to restored to its original length when the force is removed
30. Hooke's Law- Extension of a spring is directly proportional to the applied force
31. Spring Constant- Force that is required to produce one unit extension of the spring
32. Elastic Potential Energy- Energy stored in a spring when it is extended or compressed