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Unit 3 in a Nutshell
« on: July 06, 2021, 02:37:16 am »
Hellooooo Everybody! Just your friendly neighbourhood ex-physics student passing through! ;D

This thread contains my notes for Unit 3 Physics – I hope they can be a helpful guide for anyone in need of a little support in their physics endeavours :) I have also made one of these threads for Psychology and Biology – so feel free to check those out and say “Hello” :)

Hopefully the structure of this thread won’t be too shabby and is easy to follow. I will be using the criteria, set out in the syllabus (which you can access here), as a guide. If you haven’t already checked out the syllabus, then I highly recommend you do so. Afterall, QCAA can’t ask you any questions on the external exam that don’t relate to the content covered in the syllabus.
Anywho, please feel free to contribute your own notes or tips and tricks to help this thread grow ;D Also, please feel free to ask any and all questions – I promise I won’t bite ;)

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So, let’s kick this thread off, shall we!

Topic 1: Part 1
Gravity and Motion


solve vector problems by resolving vectors into components, adding or subtracting the components and recombining them to determine the resultant vector

Combining vectors in one-dimension
Vectors in the same direction
E.g. A boat is heading East down a river at a speed of 10ms-1. The water is also heading East at a speed of 5ms-1. Therefore, the boats actual velocity is 15ms-1.
10ms-1 + 5ms-1 = 15ms-1 to the East

Vectors in the opposite directions
E.g. A boat is heading East down a river at a speed of 10ms-1. The water is heading West at a speed of 5ms-1. Therefore, the boats actual velocity is 5ms-1.
10ms-1 - 5ms-1 = 5ms-1 to the East

Combining vectors in two-dimensions
It is important that you remember the trigonometric ratios SOH, CAH, and TOA for this section. This is because vectors require a magnitude AND direction – thus, you will need to calculate and specify the direction of the resulting vector.

E.g. Imagine you are swimming North across a river at a speed of 1ms-1, however the current is flowing to the East at a speed of 5ms-1. By adding these two vectors in a head-to-tail formation we can calculate the magnitude and direction:
Resultant = √(12+5 2)
Resultant = √26
Resultant = 5.1 ms-1 (1 d.p)
Tan(theta) = opp/adj
Tan(theta) = 1/5
         theta = tan-11/5
         theta = 11.3˚

Diagram of problem

use vector analysis to resolve a vector into two perpendicular components

Consider the following scenario: you’re playing a game of brandy with your mates, and you happen to be it. Your mate Dylan is running ahead of you, so you launch the tennis ball in his direction. Being a physics student, you take note of the angle with which you release the ball (theta), as well as the initial launch velocity (u). Having just left your physics class on vectors, you now know that you can resolve the launch velocity into two components perpendicular to each other – the horizontal and vertical velocities. Where the horizontal and vertical velocities are given to you by ux = ucos(theta) and uy = usin(theta) respectively.

Diagram of problem

E.g. Let’s say the angle you release the ball at is 35˚ to the horizontal, and the initial velocity is 10ms-1.
The horizontal component would be:
ux = ucos(theta)
ux = (10ms-1)cos(35˚)
ux = 8.2ms-1 (1 d.p)
The vertical component would be:
uy = usin(theta)
uy = (10ms-1)sin(35˚)
uy = 5.7ms-1 (1 d.p)
Therefore, we know that Dylan was hit by a tennis ball with a horizontal velocity of 8.2ms-1 and vertical velocity of 5.7ms-1
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Re: Unit 3 in a Nutshell
« Reply #1 on: July 06, 2021, 03:04:54 pm »
Love your work!

Vectors is such a fundamental for the later parts of physics (also for VCE and HSC) so it's great to have more around that helps students with that :D