Topics in PhysicsDerived Units: Similarities and differences with fundamental units Gravity: Facts on Gravity Relative Density of Substances and Specific Gravity Types of Heat Transfer: Conduction Types of Heat Transfer: Convection Types of Heat Transfer: Radiation Physics Scheme of Work, SS1, First Term Physics Scheme of Work, SS1, Second Term Physics Scheme of Work, SS1, Third Term Velocity and Acceleration Newton's Laws of Motion Importance of Gravity What is Density? Density of various substances Concepts of Force and Motion in Physics Motion and Speed in Physics Concept of Heat Transfer Concepts of Heat and Temperature What is gravity? Concept of gravity on the solar system Zeroth Law of Thermodynamics: Thermal Equilibrium Fundamental Quantities and Units in Physics
Academic Questions in Physics
A natural force that pulls a body towards the center of the earth is termed _____.
A. Centripetal force
B. Centrifugal force
C. Black hole
D. Average acceleration
A Greek letter that expresses density is _____.
A glass of water has a higher density than an exact glass of oil.
An 🍎 apple 🍎 falling from a tree has an unbalanced force.
Force is a quantity measured in _____.
D. Meter per second square (ms-1)
Heat transfer indicates two systems of varying temperatures and will always be transferred from a region with lower temperature to another with higher temperature.
Heat can be created.
Temperature is defined as the measure or ability of an object or substance to transfer heat energy to another object or substance.
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Conduction can be defined as the transfer of heat energy from one point to another through a solid material termed conductor.
You can think of 'conductor' as a solid material through which electricity, heat and sound can flow through. In this regard, metals are generally good conductors.
Let's explain heat transfer by conduction through this simple experiment which you may carry out at home.
The image below shows a simple experiment where heat is transferred via conduction through a thin metallic rod. This thin metallic rod acts as a conductor in this instance.
From the above image, the 'hand' holding the thin metallic rod (conductor) will eventually feel its 'hotness'. This is so because heat (from the candle fire) had been transferred through the thin metallic rod.
Heat transfer via conduction is an observable phenomenon during the process of cooking. In this case, the pot (which acts as a conductor here) transfers the heat of the fire through conduction into its contents. As a result, the contents of the pot becomes cooked (or boiled in the case of water).
Similarly, heat from the cooking pot is transferred via conduction to whomever touches it with their bare hands.
Below is another simple experiment on heat transfer via conduction. It can also be carried out at home.
Step 1: Boil three cups of water in a pot. When the water is very hot, put out the gas.
Step 2: Get another pot and fill it with three cups of cold water.
Step 3: Get an iron rod and make both ends of its edge contact both waters, that is: the hot and cold water respectively.
Observation: After we carry out the above procedure, an increase in the temperature of the iron rod will be observed as heat is transferred into the cold water through the iron rod. The iron rod in this instance acts as a conductor and it transfers heat through conduction.
The movement of heat energy in the above experiment will follow the path below:
Hot Water >> Iron Rod >> Cold Water
In the above experiment, it is the transfer of heat energy that brought about an increased temperature in the iron rod and consequently, the cold water; nothing more, nothing less.
Below are some notable points concerning the experiment:
This heat transfer will continue until equilibrium is achieved; that is, the water inside both cups and the connecting iron rod eventually attain the same temperature.
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Amazing facts in Physics
One quarter of an apple is filled with air and that's why they float in water
The Nobel price was named after its founder, Alfred Noble. He is a Swedish, born on October 21, 1833; and was the inventor of dynamite. He was also a a famous scientist and a successful business man.
Glass balls bounce higher than rubber balls
Every planet has its own unique gravitational force. For instance, Mars has a gravity of 3.711 m/s2 while earth’s gravitational force is 9.807m/s2.
When two metals are put together in space, they will stick together as if they are welded. This phenomenon is called cold welding
The fastest animal on land is cheetah. It can reach a maximum speed of about 113km per hour.
NOTABLE POINTS IN Physics
The earth is governed by the force of gravity and that’s why everything present on it (humans, plants, animals and even air) is always drawn towards it. You will actually need some form of force greater than gravity in order to pull yourself away from the earth.
As an instance, the earth as we know is spherical in shape and held in space. Also, all humans live on a constantly rotating earth and not inside the earth. Since we live on a spherical earth held in space, how come humans are yet to fall off the constantly rotating earth?
Well, the answer is gravity. Even if we attempt to jump off the earth into space, the force of gravity present on earth will still pull us down. In fact, in order to leave the earth; there has to be a force stronger that gravity; which must be applied to whatever is attempting to leave the earth. For this reason:
Whenever one jumps, a certain amount of force is needed to be applied by that person. However, gravity still return the person back to earth because the applied force had been exhausted.
The larger the size of an object, the greater it’s force of gravity. Gravity is therefore affected by the size and closeness of objects.
Since the earth is larger than the moon, it will have a greater gravitational force than the moon. We will be more attracted on the earth than we would on the moon if we were astronauts on the moon. This implies that we will weigh differently on both places. For this reason, our weight will also vary on the various planets (because they are of different sizes). This is shown in the diagram below:
Weight depends on the degree at which the gravity on earth or moon or another planet pulls an object while the Mass of any object or body will always remain the same (constant) since it’s the amount or quantity of matter in the body.
To better understand the Zeroth Law of Thermodynamics, we need to know what thermal equilibrium is. This is explained below:
Two bodies A and B are said to be in thermal equilibrium if each body can transfer heat to each other when placed closed together but ended up not transferring any heat to each other.
This will mean that both bodies are at equal temperature.
Now, according to the zeroth law, assuming we have three bodies namely X, Y and Z:
If X = Y and Z = Y, then X = Z
From the above expression, it will be observed that: if X and Y are in thermal equilibrium and Z and Y are in thermal equilibrium, therefore, X and Z must be in thermal equilibrium too.
So we can see that according to the zeroth law, temperature is a quantity worth measuring.
It can therefore be said that temperature is the quantity that remains constant (the same) for all systems in thermal equilibrium.
Consequently, the zeroth law of Thermodynamics states that if two separate bodies are in thermal equilibrium with another body, then they are also in equilibrium with each other
Fundamental units are the units of fundamental quantities.
A fundamental unit is a unit that does not depend on any other unit; neither can it be changed nor is related to another fundamental unit.
A fundamental unit is also referred to as a basic unit.
Fundamental Units are always constant. This means that they don't change, (remains the same) and are standardized all over the world.
The fundamental quantities alongside their respective fundamental units are 7 in number. They include:
Mass (m) is a fundamental quantity whose unit is kilogram (kg)
Length (l) is a fundamental quantity whose unit is meter, (m)
Time (t) is a fundamental quantity whose unit is second (s)
Temperature (T) is a fundamental quantity whose unit is Kelvin (k)
You can read on the Concept of Temperature and Heat here.
Electric Current (I) is a fundamental quantity whose unit is ampere (A)
Amount of Substance (n) is a fundamental quantity whose unit is mole (mol)
Luminous Intensity (|v) is a fundamental quantity whose unit is candela (cd)
The classical mechanics (laws of motion) is a fundamental part of Physics.
Below are the Newton's laws of motion:
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.