Mechanics Physics Basic Concept
Classification of Motion:
1. Based on duration: Periodic, Non periodic
2. Based on Speed: Uniform, non-uniform
3. Based on Path: Translatory, Circular, Rotatory, Oscillatory or Vibratory
Translatory Motion:
If a body moves as a whole such that all particles of the body moves with same velocity in straight parallel path, then the body is said to be in translatory motion.
Translatory motion can be of two types: Rectilinear and Curvilinear.
Rectilinear Motion:
When a body moves along a straight line in such a way that each particle of the body travel the same distance , the motion is said to be a rectilinear motion.
Such ass: A car moving along a straight path and the train moving in a straight track.
Curvilinear Motion:
When the translator motion takes place along a curved path then the motion is called curvilinear motion.
Such as: A stone thrown up in the air at a certain angle and a car taking a turn.
Rotational Motion:
Rotational motion refers to the movement of an object around an axis or center point. It involves spinning or turning about an imaginary line known as the axis of rotation.
Such as: Motion of an electric fan, motion of an analog clock.
Transla-Rotational/ Complex/ Mixed Motion:
When the motion of a body consists of both translation and rotation, then the motion is said to be transla-rotational motion.
Such as: Motion of the wheel of bicycle.
Periodic motion:
Any motion of a body that repeats itself after a regular interval of time is known as periodic motion. The time of repetition is called time period.
Such as: The earth moves once round the sun in 365 days. So the motion of the earth round the sun is periodic motion.
Similarly, hour or minute hand of a clock, piston of a cylinder in a car etc. are examples of periodic motion.
Vibrational motion:
When a body moves back and forth repeatedly about a mean position, its motion is called oscillatary or vibratory motion.
Such as: The pendulum of a wall-clock oscillates right and left about the mean or stable position.
So, motion of the pendulum of wall-clock is vibratory or oscillatory motion.
Circular Motion
Circular motion is a movement of an object along the circumference of a circle or rotation along a circular path.
Circular motion is one type of rotational motion and the axis through which the object rotates is called axis of rotation.
Such as: An artificial satellite orbiting the Earth at constant height, a stone which is tied to a rope and is being swung in circles, a car turning through a curve in a race track, an electron moving perpendicular to a uniform magnetic field
Angular displacement: θ = s/r
Consider a particle revolving around a point O in a circle of radius r. Let the position of the particle at time t = 0 be A and after time t, its position is B.
It can be measured by using a simple formula.
The formula is: θ = s/r | s = rθ where,
θ is the angular displacement,
s is the distance travelled by the body, and
r is the radius of the circle along which it is moving.
In simpler words, the displacement of an object is the distance travelled by it around the circumference of a circle divided by its radius.
Angular velocity: ω = dθ/dt ( ω = ω. + @t )
- The rate of change of angular displacement is called angular velocity.
- ω = dθ/dt
Acceleration In Circular Motion
No | Acceleration Type | Definition | Direction | Cause |
1 | Angular acceleration
(α = dw/dt) |
Measure of change in angular velocity. | Around the axis of rotation. | Caused by torque or force applied to rotating object. |
2 | Tangential acceleration
at = rα=d|v|/dt |
Acceleration along the tangent to the circular path. | Tangent to the circular path. | Caused by change in linear speed. |
3 | Centripetal acceleration
ac=v2/r=rw2 |
Acceleration directed towards the center of the circular path. | Towards the center of the circle. | Due to direction change of velocity. |
People sometimes mix up angular and tangential (or linear) acceleration.
Angular acceleration is the change in angular velocity divided by time,
while tangential acceleration is the change in linear velocity divided by time.
People sometimes forget that angular acceleration
does not change with radius, but tangential acceleration does.
For example, for a rotating wheel that is speeding up, a point on the outside covers more distance in the same amount of time as a point closer to the center. It has a much larger tangential acceleration than the portion closer to the axis of rotation. However, the angular acceleration of every part of the wheel is the same because the entire object moves as a rigid body through the same angle in the same amount of time.
Linear Motion, Circular Motion, and Rotational Motion
Parameter | Linear Motion | Circular Motion | Rotational Motion |
Definition | Motion along a straight path | Motion along a circular path | Motion around an axis or center point |
Path | Straight line | Circular path | Depends on the object’s shape |
Axis of Rotation | N/A | Center of the circle | Imaginary line passing through the center |
Distance | Measured in meters (m) | Measured in meters (m) | Measured in radians or degrees |
Velocity | Speed in a specific direction | Tangential speed along the circular path | Angular velocity around the axis |
Acceleration | Change in velocity over time | Centripetal acceleration towards the center | Angular acceleration due to torque |
Force | Linear force (F = m * a) | Centripetal force (Fc = m * v^2 / r) | Torque (τ = r × F) |
Moment of Inertia | N/A | N/A | Measure of rotational inertia (I) |
Conservation of Momentum | Linear momentum is conserved | Linear momentum is conserved | Angular momentum is conserved |
Examples | Car moving along a road | Moon orbiting around the Earth | Spinning top, rotating Earth, |
Examples | Train moving on a track | Satellite moving around a planet | Wheels of a car, etc. |
Rigid Body:
When an external force acts on a body and the distance between the two points on the body doesn’t change, then the body is known as a Rigid Body.
Rigid body is a solid body with a fixed geometrical shape and size, both of which have negligible change during the motion or under the action of the applied forces.
The distance between any two given points on a rigid body remains constant in time regardless of external forces exerted on it.
The motion of a rigid body which is not pivoted or fixed in some way is either PURE TRANSLATION or a COMBINATION OF TRANSLATION AND ROTATION.
The motion of a rigid body which is pivoted or fixed in some way is rotation.
The rotation may be about an axis that is fixed (e.g. a ceiling fan) or moving (e.g. an oscillating table fan.).
We shall consider rotational motion about a fixed axis only.
Rotational motion:
Rotational motion refers to the movement of an object around an axis or center point. It involves spinning or turning about an imaginary line known as the axis of rotation.
Each particles of the object move in a circular path and the center of all circles lie on the axis of rotation.
Examples of rotational motion include a spinning top, the Earth rotating on its axis, the wheels of a car in motion, or a rotating fan.
Circular motion |
Rotational motion |
In circular motion, the object moves in a circular path around a fixed center, the center of rotation may be another object but not it’s own axis. | In rotational motion, the object rotates in circular path around an axis of rotation. The axis of rotation lies within itself. |
The distance between the center of mass and the axis of rotation remains fixed. | Rotational movement is based on the rotation of the body around the center of mass. |
The axis of rotation remains fixed. | The axis of rotation can change. |
Artificial satellites, for example, orbit the Earth at a fixed altitude. | The Earth, for example, rotates on its own axis. |
Parameter |
Linear Motion |
Symbol |
Rotational Motion |
Symbol |
Description | Motion along a straight line. | – | Motion around a fixed axis. | – |
Displacement | Change in position of an object. | s | Angle through which an object has rotated. | θ |
Velocity | Rate of change of displacement. | v | Rate of change of angular displacement. | ω |
Acceleration | Rate of change of velocity. | a | Rate of change of angular velocity. | α |
Initial Velocity | Initial speed of the object. | u | Initial angular velocity. | ω0 |
Time | Duration of motion. | t | Time of rotation. | t |
Final Velocity | Velocity at a specific time. | v | Final angular velocity. | ω |
Displacement at Time t | Position at a specific time. | s | Angle at time t. | θ |
Kinematic Equations | Equations relating motion parameters. | – | Equations relating rotational parameters. | – |
Initial Acceleration | Initial rate of change of velocity. | a | Initial angular acceleration. | α0 |
Distance Traveled | Total path length covered. | d | Arc length traveled. | s |
Force | Causes linear acceleration. | F | Torque causes angular acceleration. | τ |
Mass | Measure of inertia in linear motion. | m | Moment of Inertia for rotation. | I |
Newton’s Second Law | F=ma | – | Torque equation. | τ=Iα |
Work | Force applied over a distance. | W | Work done in rotation. | W |
Power | Rate of doing work. | P | Power in rotational motion. | P |
Impulse | Change in momentum. | J | Change in angular momentum. | L |
Conservation of Energy | Energy is conserved. | – | Conservation of angular momentum. | – |
Center of Mass: Rcm = ( m1r1+m2r2…mnrn/m1+m2+…mn )
Center of mass of a system is the point that behaves as whole mass of the system is concentrated at it and all external forces are acting on it.
For rigid bodies, center of mass is independent of the state of the body that is whether it is in rest or in accelerated motion center of mass will remain same.
The interesting thing about the COM of an object or system is that it is the point where any uniform force on the object acts.
This is useful because it makes it easy to solve mechanics problems where we have to describe the motion of oddly-shaped objects and complicated systems.
Moment of Inertia: I = mr^2
The inertia of rotational motion is called moment of inertia. It is denoted by I. ( I = mr^2)
Moment of inertia is the property of an object by virtue of which it opposes any change in its state of rotation about an axis.
The moment of inertia of a body about a given axis is equal to the sum of the products of the masses of its constituent particles and the square of their respective distances from the axis of rotation.
The moment of inertia is only one of the numerous mass characteristics that may be used to quantify the stability of a structure as well as the amount of force required to change its motion.
When it comes to building construction, steadiness is an essential component that must be considered throughout the design
and production of various buildings.
Understanding the moment of inertia along different axes is crucial for evaluating a structure’s robustness against both external forces and internal forces.
In this article, we will go over all of the different features of the moment of inertia, as well as determine the moment of inertia of the disc.
What Is The Moment Of Inertia?
A body’s moment of inertia is equal to the product of the masses of all its particles multiplied by the square of their proximity from the rotation’s axis. Or, to put it another way,
it is the “quantity” that determines how much torque is required to achieve a certain angular acceleration around a rotating axis.
An object’s rotational inertia, or moment of inertia, is sometimes referred to as its angular mass.
When calculating moments of inertia, it is common practice to do so with reference to a particular axis of rotation.
The concentration of mass around a rotational axis is a primary factor in determining the outcome.
The moment of Inertia might be different depending on which axis is selected.
Why is the moment of inertia important?
The moment of inertia establishes how much torque is required for a given angular acceleration.
• Torque (or rotating force) is determined by the mass moment of inertia.
• The magnitude of torque needed to get a certain angular acceleration may be calculated by multiplying the moment of inertia by the angular acceleration. For a given acceleration, a higher moment of inertia number means more torque is needed.
• The designer’s ability to accurately identify these values is crucial for meeting the stringent performance requirements of the construction industry.
• The designer’s ability to strike the right balance between compactness, lightness, and efficiency is crucial to the success of any endeavour.
• Measuring MOI may also be used to ensure that the tolerances and targets of the production and assembly processes are acceptable.
Aspects Influencing Moment Of Inertia
• The following is a list of the fundamental elements that influence the moment of inertia:
• The density of the material
• The dimensions of the material
• The form that the substance takes
• Axis of rotation Physical significance of the moment of inertia
• The moment of inertia carries the same weight in terms of its physical implications as a mass that is moving in a linear direction.
• When determining a body’s inertia during translational motion, mass is the most important factor to consider.
• The magnitude of an object’s moment of inertia grows as its mass does.
• The force that is necessary to produce linear acceleration will, as a result, increase.
• When anything is moving in a rotating motion, the angular acceleration will be higher if the moment of inertia is larger.
Radius of Gyration: K = Square{(r1^2+r2^2+…rn^2)/n}
Radius of gyration or Gyradius of a body about an axis of rotation is defined as the radial distance to a point which would have a moment of inertia the same as the body’s actual distribution of mass, if the total mass of the body were concentrated.
It is the imaginary radius from the reference axis where the whole mass is assumed to be concentrated.
Torque: τ = r x F = rF sinθ n
Torque is the twisting effect of the force applied to a rotating object which is at a position r from its axis of rotation.
Mathematically, this relationship is represented as follows: τ = r x F = rF sinθ n
Torque τ is defined as a quantity in rotational motion, which when multiplied by a small angular displacement gives us work done in rotational motion. This quantity corresponds to force in linear motion, which when multiplied by a small linear displacement gives us work done in linear motion.
PHYSICAL SIGNIFICANCE OF TORQUE:
Torque in rotational motion is same as force in linear motion. It does is include the angular rotation. Otherwise torque is the force that would cause displacement.
Torque is the turning effect of a force about the axis of rotation.
τ = r x F = rF sinθ n
It is a vector quantity. If the nature of the force is to rotate the object clockwise, then torque is called negative and if rotate the object anticlockwise, then it is called positive.
Its SI unit is ‘newton-metre’ and its dimension is [ML2T-2].
In rotational motion, torque, τ = Iα where a is angular acceleration and 1is moment of inertia.
• Torque is the twisting effect of the force applied to a rotating object which is at a position r from its axis of rotation. Mathematically,
this relationship is represented as follows:
• Physicists often discuss torque within the context of equilibrium, even though an object experiencing net torque is definitely not in
equilibrium.
• Balance and Equilibrium: Torque is essential in determining the rotational equilibrium of an object.
• For an object to be in equilibrium, the sum of the torques acting on it must be zero. This is known as the “principle of moments.”
• In practical terms, this means that an object will remain at rest or rotate at a constant angular velocity if the total torque acting on it
is balanced.
• This is why a balanced seesaw or a balanced bicycle wheel stays stationary or rotates steadily.
• In fact, torque provides a convenient means for testing and measuring the degree of rotational or circular acceleration experienced by an object, just as other means can be used to
calculate the amount of linear acceleration.
• In equilibrium, the net sum of all forces acting on an object should be zero; thus in order to meet the standards of equilibrium, the sum of all torques on the object should also be zero.
Applications of Torque
Rotational Systems:
Torque is fundamental to understanding and designing rotational systems like gears, pulleys, and flywheels. It’s necessary for determining the force required to start or stop these systems and to maintain their rotation.
Engines and Motors: Torque is essential for engines and motors, such as internal
combustion engines and electric motors. In the case of engines, torque is used to
calculate the power output, and in motors, torque is a key parameter for
specifying their performance.
Tightening Bolts: Torque wrenches are used to apply a specific torque to bolts
during assembly. This ensures that bolts are properly tightened without causing
damage due to over-tightening.
• Robotic Arm Movement: Torque is used to control the movement of
robotic arms and joints. Servo motors apply torque to achieve precise and
controlled motion.
Industrial Machinery: In automated manufacturing processes, torque is
employed to control the movement of conveyor belts, robotic assembly
arms, and other machinery.
• Angular Acceleration Studies: Torque is used in experiments to study
rotational motion and angular acceleration, allowing researchers to
investigate properties of materials and objects.
Conservation of Angular Momentum: Torque is central to the conservation
of angular momentum, a principle that explains how the total angular
momentum of a closed system remains constant unless acted upon by an
external torque.
• Vehicle Performance: Torque plays a crucial role in determining
a vehicle’s acceleration and towing capacity. High torque at low
speeds contributes to better acceleration, while high torque
throughout the RPM range ensures efficient operation.
• Transmission Systems: Torque converters and clutches in
automatic and manual transmissions manage the transfer of
torque from the engine to the wheels, enabling smooth gear
changes and optimal power delivery.
• Spacecraft Attitude Control: Torque is used to control the
orientation (attitude) of spacecraft. Reaction wheels, which spin
to generate torque, help adjust the spacecraft’s position without
expelling mass (conservation of angular momentum).
• Gyroscope Systems: Gyroscopes utilize torque to maintain their
angular orientation, providing stabilization and navigation
assistance for spacecraft and aircraft.
Orthopedics:
Understanding the torque applied to joints and bones helps orthopedic surgeons design implants and prosthetics that can withstand the forces experienced during movement.
Angular momentum: L = I ω ( I = mr )
Angular momentum, property characterizing the rotary inertia of an object or system of objects in motion about an axis that may or may not pass through the object or system.
The Earth has orbital angular momentum by reason of its annual revolution about the Sun and spin angular momentum because of its daily rotation about its axis.
The moment of linear momentum is called angular momentum. It is denoted by L.
• Linear momentum is a product of the mass (m) of an object and the velocity (v) of the object. If an object has higher momentum, then it harder to stop it.
• The formula for linear momentum is p = mv.
• The total amount of momentum never changes, and this property is called conservation of momentum. Let us study more about Linear momentum and conservation of momentum.
Angular momentum and linear momentum are examples of the parallels
between linear and rotational motion.
They have the same form and are subject to the fundamental constraints
of conservation laws, the conservation of momentum and the
conservation of angular momentum.
Principle of Conservation of Angular Momentum
If no external torque acts on a rotating body then angular momentum of the body remains constant.
We know that,
Example of principle of conservation of angular momentum:
• Ballet dancers rotate themselves about their feet as axis with constant angular momentum. When they fold their hands near the body, the M.I. decreases, and the angular velocity increases and they rotates fast. But, if they stretch their arms away from the body, the M.I. increases and angular velocity decreases and they rotate slow.
MOMENT OF INERTIA OF A CIRCULAR DISC
Consider a uniform circular disc of mass M and radius R, rotating about an axis passing through its centre and perpendicular to its
plane.
Now, the area of the disc, A = π r 2
Mass of the disc = M Mass per unit area of the disc, = M π R
Let us consider, a small circular strip of width dx at a distance x from the centre of the disc. The area of the strip dA = Circumference of the strip x width of the strip
dA = 2 x × dx If dm is the mass of the strip, then
dm = × 2 x dx dm
dm = M π R 2 × 2 x dx
dm = 2M R 2 x dx
Why is the moment of inertia calculated?
In terms of how it affects motion in a straight line, the moment of inertia plays the same part as mass.
A body’s rotational inertia is the amount of force it takes to alter its direction of rotation. It remains the same for each given rigid frame and any given rotational axis. When compared to a circular disc, why does a ring have a larger moment of inertia?
When compared to a circular disc of the same radius and mass, a ring’s moment of inertia is larger along an axis
that passes through its centre of mass and is transverse to its plane. As a result of its mass being concentrated at its outer edge, furthest from its central axis, a ring has a greater moment of inertia.
Summary of moment of inertia
• In physics, moment of inertia is a crucial concept that
describes how an object’s mass is distributed relative to
its rotational axis. It plays a significant role in
understanding rotational motion and is particularly
important in the study of classical mechanics and rigid
body dynamics.
• In summary, the moment of inertia is a fundamental
property that governs rotational motion and helps us
understand how objects behave when subjected to
rotational forces. Its physical significance lies in
describing rotational inertia, angular acceleration,
conservation of angular momentum, rigid body rotation,
and gyroscopic effects.
Rotational Motion:
Rotational motion refers to the movement of an object around an axis or center point. It involves spinning or turning about an imaginary line known as the axis of rotation.
Examples of rotational motion include a spinning top, the Earth rotating on its axis, the wheels of a car in motion, or a rotating fan.
Circular Motion:
Circular motion is the motion of an object along a circular path, but not necessarily around an axis.
This motion can occur horizontally, vertically, or at an angle.
Examples include the moon orbiting the Earth, a satellite moving around a planet, or a ball attached to a string being swung in a circle.
Axis of Rotation:
The axis of rotation is an imaginary line that passes through the center of rotation.
any point on the object that lies on this line remains stationary during the rotation.
For example, in the case of a spinning top, the axis of rotation runs through its central point, allowing it to spin around this axis.
Angular Displacement:
Angular displacement is the change in the object’s orientation or angle relative to the axis of rotation.
It is measured in degrees or radians and indicates how far the object has rotated from its initial position.
Relationship between Linear and Angular Motion
Linear Displacement vs Angular Displacement:
Linear displacement refers to the change in position of an object along a straight line.
Angular displacement, as mentioned earlier, is the change in the object’s orientation with respect to the axis of rotation.
The relationship between the two can be understood through trigonometry.
Linear Velocity vs. Angular Velocity:
Linear velocity is the rate of change of linear displacement,
while angular velocity is the rate of change of angular displacement.
Both velocities are related through the radius of the circular path and can be calculated using specific formulas.
Tangential Speed:
Tangential speed is the linear speed of an object at any given point on its circular path.
It is always perpendicular to the radius and is equal to the product of the angular velocity and the radius.
Torque in Rotational Motion:
Torque is the turning force that causes an object to rotate around an axis.
It is similar to force in linear motion but acts in a rotational sense. Torque is required to change the rotational state of an object or cause angular acceleration.
Moment Arm:
The moment arm (lever arm) is the perpendicular distance from the axis of rotation to the line of action of the force.
It determines the effectiveness of the force in producing rotational motion.
Torque Formula:
The torque acting on an object is given by the formula τ = r × F, where τ is the torque, r is the moment arm, and F is the applied force. Torque is measured in Newton-meters (Nm) or foot pounds (Ft-lbs).
Moment of Inertia:
The moment of inertia is a property of an object that describes its resistance to changes in its rotational motion.
It depends on the mass distribution of the object and the axis of rotation. Objects with larger moment of inertia are more resistant to changes in their rotational state.
Moment of Inertia Formula:
For a collection of particles or rigid bodies, the moment of inertia (I) is calculated as the sum of each particle’s mass (m) multiplied by the square of its distance (r) from the axis of rotation, summed up for all particles. Mathematically, I = Σ(mr2).
Centripetal Force in Circular Motion:
Centripetal force is the force that acts on an object moving in a circular path, keeping it on its circular trajectory.
This force always points towards the center of the circle.
Centripetal Force Formula:
For an object of mass m moving at a constant speed v along a circular path of radius r, the centripetal force (Fc ) required to maintain the circular motion is given by the formula Fc = (mv2 ) / r.
Centrifugal Force (Misconception)
Centrifugal force is often misunderstood as an actual force acting outward on an object in circular motion.
However, it is a fictitious force that appears to act outward when an observer is in a non-inertial (accelerating) reference frame. It is a result of inertia rather than a real force.
Apparent Force:
To an observer in a rotating frame of reference, the centrifugal force seems to counteract the centripetal force, making it appear as if objects are pushed outward from the center of rotation. Conservation of Angular Momentum
Law of Conservation:
The angular momentum of a closed system remains constant unless acted upon by an external torque.
This principle is analogous to the law of conservation of linear momentum in linear motion.
Angular Momentum Formula:
The angular momentum (L) of an object rotating with an angular velocity (ω) and moment of inertia (I) is given by L = I * ω. When no external torques act on the system, the angular momentum remains constant.
Short Question from Inertia
1. Question: Why does a ball roll off the table if you give it a push?
Answer: When you push a ball on the table, it wants to keep moving in the same direction because of inertia. Inertia is
when things want to keep doing what they’re already doing. So, the ball keeps rolling off the table because it wants to
keep moving.
2. Question: How come it’s hard to stop a bike once it’s moving?
Answer: It’s hard to stop a bike once it’s moving because of inertia. When the bike is going, it wants to keep going
forward. You have to use the brakes to slow it down because the bike naturally wants to keep moving forward.
3. Question: Why does it feel like you’re being pushed back when a car speeds up quickly?
Answer: When a car speeds up quickly, your body wants to stay in one place because of inertia. So, when the car moves
forward, your body feels like it’s being pushed back because it wants to stay still.
4. Question: Why do things fall off a spinning merry-go-round when it slows down?
Answer: When a merry-go-round slows down, things want to keep moving because of inertia. So, things on the merrygo-round fly off because they want to keep moving in a straight line, even though the merry-go-round is slowing down.
5. Question: How come it’s easier to keep pushing a toy car than to start pushing it from a stop?
Answer: It’s easier to keep pushing a toy car because of inertia. Once the car is moving, it wants to keep moving
because of inertia. Starting to push it from a stop is harder because you have to overcome its resistance to getting
moving in the first place.
Short Question from FORCE
1. If you were a superhero with the power to control force, how would you use it to help people?
I would use my force-controlling powers to stop disasters like earthquakes or floods by stabilizing buildings or redirecting
floodwaters away from populated areas.
2. Imagine you’re designing a new amusement park ride based on the concept of force. What would it look like and how
would it work?
The ride would be a giant swing that uses powerful magnets to create forces that push and pull riders in different directions,
giving them a thrilling experience of changing gravitational forces.
3. If you could change one thing about how force works in the universe, what would it be and why?
I would make it possible for humans to control gravitational force, allowing us to levitate objects effortlessly or create artificial
gravity in space, making space travel much easier and safer.
4. How do you think animals use force in nature, and can we learn anything from them?
Answer: Animals use force in various ways, such as birds using air resistance to glide, or predators using forceful movements
to catch their prey. We can learn from them by studying their techniques and applying them to our own inventions and
technologies.
5. If you were stranded on a deserted island and needed to build a shelter using only the forces available in nature, how
would you do it?
I would use the force of gravity to stack large rocks together to form walls, and then use vines or branches to create a roof that
can withstand the forces of wind and rain.
6. How do you think force could be used in art or creative expression?
Force could be used to create kinetic sculptures that move in response to external forces, or in interactive installations where
visitors can experience and manipulate different forces.
7. If you could invent a new force that doesn’t exist yet, what would it be and what would it do?
I would invent a force called “harmony force” that brings objects and people closer together in peaceful and cooperative ways,
promoting understanding and unity among all beings.
8. Imagine a world where force behaves differently than it does in our universe. How would everyday life be different?
In this world, objects might float instead of falling to the ground, or pushing something might make it move faster
instead of slowing it down. Everyday tasks like walking or driving would require new strategies and techniques.
9. If you could communicate with force as if it were a sentient being, what questions would you ask it?
I would ask force how it feels to be such a fundamental aspect of the universe and what it thinks about the ways that
humans harness and manipulate it for various purposes.
10. How do you think force could be used in futuristic technology or inventions that haven’t been created yet?
Force could be used to create advanced propulsion systems for spacecraft, or in medical devices that use controlled
forces to manipulate cells and tissues for healing and regeneration.
11. What is friction?
Answer: Friction is a force that opposes motion between two surfaces that are in contact with each other. It can make
it harder for objects to slide past each other.
12. How does air resistance affect objects?
Answer: Air resistance is a type of friction that acts on objects as they move through the air. It can slow down objects
like parachutes or skydivers.
13. What is gravitational force?
Answer: Gravitational force is the force of attraction between two objects with mass. It’s what keeps us on the ground
and causes objects to fall towards the Earth.
14. How does force affect the motion of objects?
Answer: Force can change the speed, direction, or shape of an object. It can make objects speed up, slow down, or
change their path of motion. Without force, objects would remain at rest or continue moving in a straight line at a
constant speed.
15. What are some examples of forces in everyday life?
Answer: Examples of forces include pushing a door open, pulling a wagon, kicking a ball, or gravity pulling objects
towards the ground.
16. How do we measure force?
Answer: Force is measured in units called Newtons (N). We use tools like spring scales or force meters to measure
how much force is being applied to an object.
Short Question from NEWTONS THIRD LAW
1. Question: Why does a balloon zoom away when you blow air into it?
Answer: When you blow air into a balloon, you’re pushing air out of your mouth into the balloon. At the same time,
the balloon pushes back on the air. This is Newton’s Third Law: for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.
So, the air pushes the balloon forward, making it zoom away!
2. Question: How do rockets go up into the sky?
Answer: Rockets have powerful engines that shoot hot gases out of the bottom. When the gases shoot down, the rocket
pushes up against them. At the same time, the gases push back on the rocket. This makes the rocket go up into the sky,
just like a balloon goes up when you let the air out.
3. Question: Why do you move backward when you push against a wall?
Answer: When you push against a wall, you’re pushing on it with your hands. The wall pushes back on you with the
same force. This is Newton’s Third Law. So, when you push on the wall, you also get pushed backward a little bit.
4. Question: How do boats move forward in the water?
Answer: Boats have propellers that spin really fast. When the propellers spin, they push water backward. At the same
time, the water pushes back on the propellers with the same force. This makes the boat move forward through the
water.
5. Question: Why do you feel a kick when you jump off a diving board?
Answer: When you jump off a diving board, your feet push against it to push you up into the air. At the same time, the
diving board pushes back on your feet. This is Newton’s Third Law. So, you feel a kick as the diving board pushes
back, sending you flying into the air!
Short Question from IMPULSE
1. If you could harness the power of impulse in your daily life, how would you use it to achieve your goals?
Answer: I would use impulse to take quick, decisive actions towards my goals without overthinking or hesitating,
seizing opportunities as they arise.
2. Imagine you have the ability to manipulate impulse in others. How would you use this power to influence positive
change in the world?
Answer: I would use my power to inspire people to act on their impulses for kindness, generosity, and social justice,
fostering a world where spontaneous acts of goodness are commonplace.
3. If you were to design a game based on the concept of impulse, what would it look like and how would it be played?
Answer: The game would involve quick decision-making and rapid response challenges, where players must act on
their impulses to navigate obstacles and achieve objectives within a limited time frame.
4. How do you think understanding impulse could improve communication and relationships between people?
Answer: Understanding impulse can help people empathize with each other’s spontaneous reactions and behaviors,
fostering better communication and more authentic connections in relationships.
5. If you could travel back in time and change one impulsive decision you made, what decision would it be and why?
Answer: I would change the impulsive decision to quit a hobby or activity that I later regretted, allowing myself to
experience the joy and fulfillment it brought me in the long run.
6. How do you think impulse plays a role in creativity and artistic expression?
Answer: Impulse can drive artists to follow their instincts and explore new ideas without inhibition, leading to
spontaneous and innovative works of art that captivate and inspire audiences.
7. If you could create a device that measures and visualizes impulse, how would it work and what insights do you think
it would reveal about human behavior?
Answer: The device would analyze physiological and neurological signals to quantify impulses in real-time, providing
valuable insights into the subconscious motivations and emotional states driving human behavior.
8. Imagine a world where people had perfect control over their impulses. How would society be different?
Answer: In such a world, people might exhibit greater self-discipline and restraint in their actions, leading to fewer
conflicts, better decision-making, and more harmonious relationships within communities.
9. How do you think impulse could be harnessed in education to enhance learning experiences for students?
Answer: Impulse could be harnessed to create dynamic and engaging learning environments that encourage curiosity,
exploration, and hands-on experimentation, fostering a deeper understanding and retention of knowledge.
10. If you could write a story where impulse was the central theme, what would the plot be and what lessons would it
convey?
Answer: The story could revolve around a character who learns to navigate the consequences of their impulsive
decisions, ultimately discovering the importance of balance, self-awareness, and mindful reflection in shaping their
destiny.
Short Question from MOMENTUM
1. If you possessed the ability to control momentum, how would you use it in your everyday life?
Answer: I would use momentum to accomplish tasks more efficiently, such as giving myself a running start to jump
higher or pushing objects with greater force while expending less effort.
2. Question: How does a football player run faster using momentum?
Answer: A football player runs faster by taking big steps and building up speed. When they run, they have momentum,
which helps them keep going forward. It’s like when you push a toy car and it rolls far away.
3. Question: Why does a swinging pendulum keep moving back and forth?
Answer: A swinging pendulum keeps moving because of its momentum. When you push it to one side, it has
momentum that carries it to the other side. It swings back and forth until the momentum runs out.
4. Question: How do roller coasters use momentum to make fun rides?
Answer: Roller coasters use momentum to zoom around twists and turns. They start by going up a big hill, which gives
them lots of momentum to speed down and do loops and curves. It’s like a fast train ride that makes your tummy tickle!
5. Question: Why do baseballs hit by a bat go far?
Answer: When a baseball is hit by a bat, it gains momentum from the force of the swing. This momentum helps it fly
through the air. The harder the hit, the more momentum the ball gets, so it goes farther.
6. Question: How does a bouncing ball show momentum in action?
Answer: When you bounce a ball, it goes up and down because of its momentum. When you throw it down, it gains
momentum and bounces back up. It keeps bouncing until the momentum slows down, like a super springy toy!
7. Imagine a world where momentum worked differently than it does in our universe. How would people adapt to this
unique property of motion?
Answer: In this world, people might need to adjust their movements and strategies to account for unpredictable changes
in momentum, leading to innovative techniques for transportation, sports, and daily activities.
8. If you were to design a roller coaster based on the principles of momentum, what features would it have and how would
it thrill riders?
Answer: The roller coaster would feature steep drops, sharp turns, and loops designed to maximize changes in
momentum and create exhilarating sensations of acceleration and weightlessness for riders.
9. How do you think understanding momentum could revolutionize transportation systems of the future?
Answer: Understanding momentum could lead to the development of more efficient and sustainable transportation
systems, such as high-speed trains or hyperloop technologies, that harness momentum to propel vehicles at incredible
speeds with minimal energy consumption.
10. If you could create a machine that amplifies momentum, what practical applications could it have in various industries?
Answer: The machine could be used to launch payloads into space with greater efficiency, propel vehicles with
incredible acceleration, or generate renewable energy by harnessing the kinetic energy of moving objects.
11. How do you think momentum influences the dynamics of teamwork and collaboration in group activities?
Answer: Momentum can build within a team as members work together towards a common goal, propelling them
forward with a sense of shared momentum and momentum can also build within a team as members work together
towards a common goal, propelling them forward with a sense of shared purpose and momentum.
12. If you could manipulate momentum to create a new form of entertainment, what would it be and how would it captivate
audiences?
Answer: I would create a gravity-defying performance art show where performers use momentum to execute
breathtaking stunts and acrobatics, defying the laws of physics and leaving audiences in awe.
13. Imagine a sport where momentum played a central role in gameplay. How would it be played and what strategies would
athletes employ to gain an advantage?
Answer: The sport could involve teams competing to maintain control of a momentum-generating object, such as a
ball or puck, while strategically harnessing momentum to outmaneuver opponents and score points.
14. How do you think momentum could be used to create innovative solutions for environmental challenges, such as
renewable energy generation or waste management?
Answer: Momentum could be harnessed to drive turbines and generators for renewable energy production, or to propel
vehicles and machinery powered by sustainable sources like wind, water, or solar energy.
15. If you could explore a fictional world where momentum was the governing force of nature, what wonders and dangers
would you encounter?
Answer: In this world, landscapes might be characterized by towering cliffs and cascading waterfalls where momentum
dictates the flow of rivers and the behavior of natural phenomena, presenting both exhilarating opportunities for
exploration and perilous challenges for adventurers to overcome.
Short Question from ANGULAR ACCELERATION
1. Question: Why does a spinning top speed up when you pull the string?
Answer: When you pull the string of a spinning top, you’re giving it more force to spin faster. This makes it change its
speed quickly, and that change in speed is called angular acceleration. So, the top speeds up because of angular
acceleration.
2. Question: How come a figure skater spins faster when they pull their arms in close to their body?
Answer: When a figure skater pulls their arms in close to their body while spinning, they’re changing how fast they’re
spinning. This change in spinning speed is called angular acceleration. So, they spin faster because of angular
acceleration.
3. Question: Why does a bicycle wheel slow down when you put your hand against it?
Answer: When you put your hand against a spinning bicycle wheel, you’re giving it a force to slow down. This makes
it change its speed quickly, and that change in speed is called angular acceleration. So, the wheel slows down because
of angular acceleration.
4. Question: How does a tornado start spinning so fast?
Answer: A tornado starts spinning fast because of angular acceleration. As the air starts swirling around, it changes its
spinning speed quickly, and that’s angular acceleration. This makes the tornado spin faster and faster.
5. Question: Why does a record player speed up when you turn the knob?
Answer: When you turn the knob on a record player, you’re giving it a force to spin faster. This makes it change its
spinning speed quickly, and that change in speed is called angular acceleration. So, the record player speeds up because
of angular acceleration.
Short Question from TORQUE
1. Why is it easier to open a tight jar lid with a longer spoon? | A longer spoon creates more torque by increasing the
perpendicular distance between your force and the lid. More torque equals easier turning!
2. How does a screwdriver tighten a screw? | Torque generated by twisting the handle applies a rotational force to the
screw, causing it to rotate and dig into the material.
3. Why do car tires need to be inflated? | Inflated tires have a larger radius of gyration (mass further from the center).
This reduces inertia and makes turning easier, requiring less torque.
4. Why are doorknobs round? | Round knobs are easier to grip and apply torque in any direction, unlike lever handles that
require specific hand positioning.
17. How does a seesaw work? | People’s weight applies torque in opposite directions. The side with greater torque (more
weight or further from the fulcrum) goes down!
Short Question from RADIUS OF GYRATION
1. Why is a tennis ball easier to spin than a basketball?
Tennis ball has a smaller radius of gyration (mass closer to center), meaning less inertia to overcome and start spinning.
2. Why do ice skaters spin faster with arms tucked in?
Tucking arms closer reduces radius of gyration, making them more compact and easier to spin with the same force.
3. Why are fan blades wider near the edges?
Wider blades have a larger radius of gyration, creating more angular momentum as they spin, leading to stronger air
circulation.
4. Why are pendulum clocks with slower ticks longer?
Longer pendulum has a larger radius of gyration, resulting in a longer oscillation period (slower tick) for the clock.
5. Why are baseball bats thicker at the end?
Thicker end has a larger radius of gyration, increasing moment of inertia. This helps transfer more energy to the ball
when hitting, resulting in a stronger swing.
6. Imagine you’re playing with spinning tops. Why do the bigger ones spin slower than the smaller ones?
Think of the spinning top like a ballerina. When the top is bigger, it’s like the ballerina stretching her arms out wide.
This increases the radius of gyration, making it harder to spin fast because it has more “stuff” moving further away
from the center. The smaller top, like a ballerina with arms tucked in, has a smaller radius of gyration and spins faster
with the same push.
7. Why do ice skaters spin faster when they pull their arms in?
It’s like the spinning top again! Imagine the ice skater with arms outstretched, like the ballerina. Pulling their arms in
makes them smaller, similar to tucking the arms in the top. This reduces the radius of gyration, making them spin faster
without needing more energy.
8. Why are bicycle wheels round?
Round wheels have the same radius of gyration at every point, making them spin smoothly and efficiently. If they were
shaped differently, different parts of the wheel would have different distances from the center, making the spin wobbly
and uneven.
9. Why is it easier to open a tight jar lid with a long spoon?
The longer spoon acts like a lever, increasing the perpendicular distance between your hand and the lid. This creates a
bigger torque (twisting force) with the same amount of pushing, like using a longer wrench to loosen a bolt. It’s all
about using distance to your advantage!
10. Why do baseball bats have thicker ends than handles?
The thicker end has a larger radius of gyration when swung. This increases the moment of inertia, meaning it takes
more energy to slow down. When you hit the ball, this extra inertia helps transfer more energy from your swing to the
ball, making it fly farther and faster!
Short Question from MOMENT OF INERTIA
1. Question: How does a figure skater use moment of inertia to spin beautifully on the ice?
Answer: When a figure skater pulls their arms in close to their body while spinning, they decrease their moment of
inertia. This makes it easier for them to spin faster and perform graceful spins.
2. Question: Why are heavy objects harder to move and stop?
Answer: Heavy objects have more moment of inertia, which means they resist changes in their motion. That’s why it’s
harder to get them moving or to stop them once they’re in motion.
3. Question: How does a gymnast tuck their body to spin faster during a flip?
Answer: When a gymnast tucks their body during a flip, they decrease their moment of inertia. This allows them to
spin faster and perform flips more quickly and smoothly.
4. Question: Why does a car’s engine need more power to accelerate when it’s fully loaded with passengers and luggage?
Answer: When a car is fully loaded, it has more mass, which increases its moment of inertia. This means the engine
needs more power to overcome the increased resistance to acceleration
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5. Question: How does a diver adjust their body position to execute perfect twists and turns during a dive?
Answer: A diver adjusts their body position to change their moment of inertia. By tucking or extending their body, they
can control their rotation speed and perform precise twists and turns in the air.
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