Teaching Physics to Non- Physicists CRLA Conference 2012 (Session 69)

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E=MC 2 ?. Teaching Physics to Non- Physicists CRLA Conference 2012 (Session 69). Presenters: William Wolfs, Mentor Tutor Chyna Miller, Tutoring Coordinator University of Nevada Las Vegas, Academic Success Center. Inside. Outside. Any Questions?. It's 340 meters per second, Einstein!. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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  • Teaching Physics to Non-Physicists CRLA Conference 2012 (Session 69)E=MC2?Presenters: William Wolfs, Mentor TutorChyna Miller, Tutoring CoordinatorUniversity of Nevada Las Vegas, Academic Success Center

  • OutsideInsideAny Questions?

  • It's 340 meters per second, Einstein!An F-18 fighter jet breaks the sound barrier

  • Physics:The Least You Need To KnowE=MC2?

  • 1. F = ma2. x = at2 + v0t + x03. v = at + v04. v2 = v02 + 2ax5. f = N6. ac = v2/r7. p = mv8. W = Fx = E9. FG = GMm/r210. FS = -kx1. When something gets pushed on, its velocity changes.2. The path of an object over time depends on its initial velocity and acceleration.3. The velocity of an object over time depends on its initial velocity and its acceleration.4. The velocity of an object after a distance depends on its initial velocity and its acceleration5. The more of an object's weight a surface supports, the more friction between the object and surface.6. If an object moves in a circle, it is always getting pulled toward the center of that circle.7. The heavier something is and the faster its going, the more momentum it has.8. If an object feels a net push over a distance, its energy changes.9. Gravity between two objects depends on their mass and the distance between them.10. Pull on a spring and it pulls back.

  • 1. F = maWhat's wrong with Sisyphus?Isn't he pushing?

    But the rock isn't moving!

  • Force Diagram 1. F = ma 5. f = N

    ABCA: Sisyphus' burly arms.

    B: Boulder's immense weight

    C. Friction with the bumpy ground

    D. Normal ForceNO NET PUSH!Boulder wins again, SisyphusD

  • 2. x = at2 + v0t + x0 3. v = at + v0 4. v2 = v02 + 2axWhere Does the Ball Go?

  • XWhy I Am Not A Golfer 2. x = at2 + v0t + x0 3. v = at + v0 4. v2 = v02 + 2axThat tree moved!You all saw it!

  • If A Real Golfer Hit A Golf Ball2. x = at2 + v0t + x0 3. v = at + v0 4. v2 = v02 + 2axABBCA: Rising Velocity B: Constant Horizontal Velocity C: Falling Velocity

  • 6. ac = v2/r9. FG = GMm/r2

  • 7. p = mvBig Goat:300 lbs,10mph

    Medium Goat:200 lbs15 mph

    Little Goat:100 lbs30 mph

  • The Mystery of Math

  • You may not realize . . . .If x=y and p=q:

    x(p) = y(q)x+p = y+qx/p = y/q10x = 10y

    ABC

    1. A2 + B2 = C22. Sin =A/C - A = (C)Sin3. Cos = B/C B = (C)Cos4. Tan = A/B

    If ax2 + bx + c = 0, then:

  • Gravity on the Moon?

  • The Earth is about 100 times more massive than the moon.It is also about 4 times larger in radius.Neil Armstrong prepares to jump 7 feet straight up

  • One Method to Rule Them All ......

  • Draw a picture.Label everything.Pick coordinates.Pick your physics.Do the math.That doesnt seem so hard. Or evil.

  • Draw a Picture!

  • ABCLabel Everything!A: Sisyphus' burly arms.

    B: Boulder's immense weight

    C. Friction with the bumpy ground

    D. Normal ForceD

  • ABCXYPick Your Coordinates!BBxByBx = Bsin()By = Bcos()D

  • 1. F = ma2. x = at2 + v0t + x03. v = at + v04. v2 = v02 + 2ax5. f = N6. ac = v2/r7. p = mv8. W = Fx = E9. FG = GMm/r210. FS = -kxWe have a situation where we are worried about how hard something is being pushed, so we pick the law having to do with force!Pick Your Physics!

  • Do the Math!Dont be afraid. Those symbols dont bite well, they dont eat much when they do.

  • To Sum Up:1. Emphasize the simplicity and sparsity of the physical and mathematical tools needed.2. Emphasize the importance of intuition and creativity.3. Emphasize the wide applicability of the five-step method.

  • Thank you for joining us!William Wolfs, Mentor TutorUNLV Academic Success Centerwolfsw@unlv.nevada.eduChyna Miller, Tutoring Coordinator UNLV Academic Success CenterChyna.Miller@unlv.edu

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