Ch. 1: Models, Measurements and Vectors
Reading
Young & Geller, Ch. 1
Topics
Labs
Young & Geller, Ch. 1
Topics
 Working with vectors
 Measurements and significant figures
Labs

Homework
See Canvas.
See Canvas.
2._physics_lecture__vectors_2021.docx 
AP_lecture_vectors.docx 
Lecture outline:
Use "SOHCAHTOA" to solve these problems
To solve these problems and determine the resultant vector 'R', follow this sequence:
Know the difference between Scalars and Vectors
Use "SOHCAHTOA" to solve these problems
 Sine = opposite/hypotenuse
 Cosine = adjacent/hypotenuse
 Tangent = opposite/adjacent
To solve these problems and determine the resultant vector 'R', follow this sequence:
 Draw a nice, big sketch
 Resolve the individual vectors (typically 2 or 3) into their 'x' and 'y' components
 Then, to solve for the 'x' and 'y' components of the resultant vector, add the 'x' and 'y' components of the individual vectors together. BE CAREFUL OF SIGNAGE HERE.
 Determine the angle of the resultant vector 'R' using SOHCAHTOA
 Determine the magnitude of the resultant vector 'R' using the Pythagorean theorem.
Know the difference between Scalars and Vectors
 A scalar quantity has "magnitude" only. Examples: 1) an airplane flies at 50 m/s... 2) a man walks at 1.5 m/s.
 A vector has magnitude AND direction. Examples: 1) an airplane flies due north at 50 m/s... 2) a naval gun fires at a horizontal angle of 20 degrees and a muzzle velocity of 800 m/s.
Lab
Outdoor surveying lab: Vectors
We will use commercial surveying equipment (transitlevel) to determine the distance of a faraway object (more than 1 mile away) using nothing but angles and vector measurements.
Then we will compare our calculated distance with Google Earth to see how close we came.
If we do this carefully, you may be surprised at how close we come to the 'actual' distance.
Lab Extension assignment
Outdoor surveying lab: Vectors
We will use commercial surveying equipment (transitlevel) to determine the distance of a faraway object (more than 1 mile away) using nothing but angles and vector measurements.
Then we will compare our calculated distance with Google Earth to see how close we came.
If we do this carefully, you may be surprised at how close we come to the 'actual' distance.
Lab Extension assignment
3._surveying_for_a_bridge.pdf 