Physics - Basic and Fundamental Physics Concepts

Alfred Ajibola - Wed, 23rd January, 2019 @ 03:30:18 AM

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Academic Questions in Physics

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Consider this expression below:

A body X exerts a force FX on another body Y. In return, body Y exert a force FY back on body X. The forces FX and FY are equal in magnitude but opposite in direction.

Putting the above expression into equation:

FX = -FY

Where FX is the action force

FY is the reaction Force

The above expression relates to _____.

  • A. Theory of Force
  • B. Force Postulate
  • C. Einstein's proposal on Relativity
  • D. Newton's 1st law of motion
  • E. Newton's 2nd law of motion
  • F. Newton's 3rd law of motion

The tendency of a body to remain in a state of rest or in uniform motion is referred to as _____.

  • A. tension
  • B. uniform acceleration
  • C. constant acceleration
  • D. deceleration
  • E. inertia
  • F. velocity

A change in the position of an object with reference to time is best described as _____.

  • A. momentum
  • B. displacement
  • C. velocity
  • D. acceleration
  • E. direction
  • F. motion

The saying "what goes up on earth must come down" can be best attributed to _____.

  • A. force
  • B. motion
  • C. mass
  • D. acceleration
  • E. average velocity
  • F. constant velocity

We have _____ laws of Thermodynamics.

  • A. 1
  • B. 2
  • C. 3
  • D. 4
  • E. 5
  • D. 6

What is physics?

Physics is the scientific study of matter and the movement of matter through the space and time of the universe.

Physics also explains how matter interact with each other.

Please read on the the Concept of Matter and Mass here.

In this article, we would look into the 4 basic and most fundamental physics concepts that will help you to better understand this subject. These are:


1. The Laws of Motion (Classical Mechanics)

You may have probably heard the story of Sir Isaac Newton sitting under an apple tree and formulating the basic laws of motion. Although this story of Newton sitting under an apple tree isn't exactly true, Sir Isaac Newton actually made and explained the three fundamental laws of classical mechanics (also referred to as Newton's laws of motion).

They are stated thus:

An object at rest will continue in its state of rest; while an object in uniform motion will continue in a straight line, unless an external force acts on it

Newton's First Law of Motion.

The rate of change of momemtum is proportional to the applied force and will take place in the direction of that force

Newton's Second Law of Motion.

To every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction

Newton's Third Law of Motion.

Please read on Motion, Speed, Velocity and Acceleration here.

If we looked deeply into these laws, we will see that they apply to our everyday life. For instance:

  • when an egg is put on a flat surface, the egg remains still unless someone touches it (or an external force acts on it).
  • On a hilly surface, gravity acts upon an object and pulls it downhill continuously, unless an opposite force (greater than gravity itself) acts against gravity.
  • Plase read on Gravity here.

  • Finally, if we hit our head against a wall, we will feel some pain simply because  the wall exerts an equal and opposite force in return.

You can read on Force and Newton's Laws of Motion here.


2. Electromagnetism

Electromagnetism refers to the forces generated by electrons found in certain atoms. For instance, magnets have electrons that are configured in such a way that they exert force on other charged electrons.

The very reason why a magnet will attract a nail (and NOT a paper) is based on the fact that magnets exert energy on other “charged particles”. In this case, the particles found around the nail will exist as charged particles.

Please read the introduction to ions here.

We use the term Photons to describe the force carried by an electromagnetic field.

Note: Electromagnetic radiation makes up much of our daily lives and these includes visible light, radio waves, x rays, and so on.

Electromagnetic forces have the capacity to generate charges and electricity and we may have come accross this process as kids (probably when a paper is used to attract things).


3. Relativity

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The work of Albert Einstein opened up the theory of special relativity when he discovered that the speed of light in a vacuum does not depend on the motion of all observers.

General relativity is often described with the analogy of a moving car. It was expanded in the early 1900s when Albert Einstein created special relativity.


4. Thermodynamics

The study of thermodynamics revolves around the relationship between heat, temperature, energy and mechanical work; and these can be summarised under the 4 laws of Thermodynamics (Numbered zero through three).

You can read on the concept of heat and temperature here.

Below are the 4 laws of thermodynamics:

Zeroth law of thermodynamics – If two thermodynamic systems are each in thermal equilibrium with a third, then they are in thermal equilibrium with each other.

Please read on the Zeroth Law of Thermodynamics here.

1st law of thermodynamics – Energy can neither be created nor destroyed but can be changed from one form to another.

2nd law of thermodynamics – The entropy of an isolated system not in equilibrium will tend to increase over time, approaching a maximum value at equilibrium.

3rd law of thermodynamics – As temperature approaches absolute zero, the entropy of a system approaches a constant minimum.


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Physics is one of the core sciences.

Physics is defined the scientific study of matter and the movement of matter through the space and time of the universe.

Understanding the basic and fundamental concepts of physics will help you better comprehend this subject. Below are some of the concepts:

  1. The Laws of Motion (Classical Mechanics)
  2. Electromagnetism
  3. Relativity
  4. Thermodynamics

Please read on the basic introduction of the above physics concept here