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# Important Formulas and Units

## Chapter 1: Physical World and Measurement

1. SI unit of luminous intensity is candela (cd). 2. In expressing a physical quantity, we choose a unit and then find that how many times that unit is contained in the given physical quantity: Physical quantity (Q) = Magnitude Unit = n u, where n is the numerical value and u is the unit. Thus, while expressing definite amount of physical quantity, it is clear that as the unit (u) changes, the magnitude (n) will also change, but their product nu will remain the same: nu = constant or n1u1 = n2u2 = constant. Therefore, 1 n . u 3. In science, very large and very small decimal numbers are conveniently expressed in terms of powers of 10, some of which are listed below: 103 = 10 10 10 = 1000 102 = 10 10 = 100 10 = 10
1

5. Relative error or fractional error = Mean absolute error a . = Mean value am a 100%. am 7. Error in sum of quantities is expressed as ( a + b ) 100%. a+b 8. Error in difference of quantities is expressed as x= x= ( a + b ) 100%. ab

## 6. Percentage error is expressed as

9. Error in division of quantities is expressed as x a b = + . a x b 10. Error in quantity raised to some power is expressed as x b a = n +m . a x b 11. Checking whether a given equation is correct or incorrect using dimensional analysis is based on the principle of homogeneity. According to this principle, the dimensions of each term on both sides of an equation must be the same. 1 2. If X = A (BC )2 + DEF , according to the principle of homogeneity, we have [X] = [A ] = [(BC )2 ] = [ DEF ].

## 1 = 0.001 10 10 10 1 = 0.01 10 2 = 10 10 1 10 1 = = 0.1 10 10 3 =

10 0 = 1 Using powers of 10, we can write the radius of Earth as 6,380,000 m = 6.38 106 m. 4. Mean absolute error is the arithmetic mean of the magnitudes of absolute errors in all the measurements of the quantity. It is represented by a and is expressed as a = | a1 | + | a2 | + | an | . n

## Chapter 2: Motion in a Straight Line

1. For one-dimensional motion, the displacement x is the difference between vectors x and x0: x = x x0 . 2. Average velocity is defined as the ratio of the displacement of the object to the time interval x x 2 x1 = . t t2 t1

v avg =

3. The average speed involves the total distance covered and is independent of direction. It is given by the relation

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## Important Formulas and Units

savg = Total distance t x dx = . t dt 7. The equations of motion for constant acceleration a are as follows: v = v 0 + at ; 1 x x 0 = v 0t + at 2 ; 2
2 v = v 0 + 2a( x x 0 );

t 0

## 6. The instantaneous acceleration can be expressed in terms of average acceleration as a = lim

t 0

v dv = lim(aavg ) = . t t0 dt

## Chapter 3: Motion in a Plane

1. The position vector r at any time t, in terms of twodimensional coordinates x and y is given by r = x + y ori r = x i + y j , where the magnitude r = r = x 2 + y 2 . 2. The position vector r at any time t, in terms of threedimensional coordinates x, y, and z is given by r = x + y + z or r = xi + y j + zk . where the magnitude r = r = x 2 + y 2 + z 2 . Vector addition: Vector s is the vector sum of vectors a and b : s = a + b . Commutative law: a + b = b + a. Associative law: (a + b ) + c = a + (b + c ). Vector subtraction: d = a b = a + ( b ). 9. A third way to add vectors is to combine their components axis by axis: dx = ax bx , dy = ay by and dz = az bz , where d = d x i + d y j + d z k . 10. It follows from triangle law of vectors that if three vectors A, B, and C and can be represented completely by the three sides of a triangle taken in order, then their vector sum is zero: A + B + C = 0. 11. When a particle moves, the position vector changes say, from r1 to r2 during a certain time interval then the particles displacement r during that time interval is r = r2 r1. 12. If a particle moves through a displacement r in a time interval t, its average velocity v avg is expressed as follows: r Displacement Average velocity = v avg = . t Time interval 13. When a particles velocity changes from v1 to v 2 in a time interval t, its average acceleration aavg during the time interval t is expressed as follows: Average acceleration = Change in velocity Time interval v 2 v1 v aavg = = . t t

3. 4. 5. 6.

7. If we know a vector in component notation (ax and ay) and if we want it in magnitude angle notation (a and q ), to transform it, we can use the following equations: a = a2 + a2 and tan = x y ay ax .

8. Unit vectors in the positive directions of the x, y, and z axes are labeled i, j and k , respectively, where the hat ,is used instead of an overhead arrow as or cap symbol k for other vectors. Unit vectors are very useful for expressing other vectors: a = ax i + ay j ; b = bx i + by j , where the quantities ax i and ay j are vectors called the vector components of a. The quantities ax and ay are scalars called the scalar components of a.

14. The velocity is otherwise called as instantaneous velocity, which is given by the limiting value of the average velocity as the time interval approaches zero: v = lim
t 0

r dr = . t dt

15. In a circular motion, the distance traveled by a particle in one revolution is just the circumference of the circle (2p r).

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## Important Formulas and Units

The time for a particle to go around a closed path exactly once has a special name the period of revolution or simply the period of the motion. The period is represented with the symbol T, which is expressed as T= 2 r . v

16. In a circular motion, the total number of revolutions by a particle in a given time is known as the frequency (n ) of revolution. From the definitions we have given for period and frequency, they are related by the expression 1 = . T

## Chapter 4: Laws of Motion

1. Gravitational field strength (g) is the force of gravity on a unit of mass, which is a vector quantity. Weight, mass, and gravitational field strength are related as W = mg. 2. Newtons first law of motion: Every object continues in its state of rest or uniform motion unless made to change by a non-zero net external force: F = ma. 3. Momentum is the product of the mass of an object and its velocity, which is a vector quantity. Momentum (p) of an object of mass (m) with a velocity (v) is expressed as p = mv Momentum is also the inertia of a body in motion. 4. The SI unit of momentum is kg m/s. 5. Newtons second law of motion: The rate of change of momentum of an object is directly proportional to the applied force and takes place in the direction in which the force acts. Thus, if under the action of a force F for time interval t, the velocity of a body of mass m changes from v to v + v, that is, its initial momentum p = mv changes by p = mv, according to the Newtons second law of motion, we have p p F or F = k , t t where k is the proportionality constant. 6. Impulse of a force is the product of the force and the time interval over which it acts. Impulse is a vector quantity. The impulse (l ) delivered by a changing force is expressed as l = Favg t. 7. Newtons third law of motion: Whenever an object applies a force (an action) on a second object, the second object applies an equal and opposite force (a reaction) on the first object Newtons third law is also defined as to every action there is an equal and opposite reaction and it takes place on two different bodies. 8. Law of conservation of momentum: If there are no external forces acting on a system, the total momentum remains constant, that is, if Fnet = 0 , p = 0. 9. An object is said to be in equilibrium when it has zero acceleration. 10. A gravitational force F g on a body is a certain type ofpull that is directed toward a second body. The weight (W) of a body is equal to the magnitude F g of the gravitational force on the body. 11. When a body presses against a surface, the surface (even a seemingly rigid one) deforms and pushes on the body with a normal force FN that is perpendicular to the surface. N 12. Friction is the force applied on the surface of an object when it is pushed or pulled against the surface of another object. 13. Properties of friction: Property 1: If the body does not move, then the static frictional force f s and the component of F that is parallel to the surface balance each other. They are equal in mag nitude and f s is directed opposite that component of F . Property 2: The magnitude of f s has a maximum value fs, max that is given by fs,max = msFN, where ms is the coefficient of static friction and FN is the magnitude of the normal force on the body from the sur face. If the magnitude of the component of F that is parallel to the surface exceeds fs,max, the body begins to slide along the surface. Property 3: If the body begins to slide along the surface, the magnitude of the frictional force rapidly decreases to a value fk given by fk = mkFN, where m k is the coefficient of kinetic friction. 14. The maximum static friction that a body can exert on the other body in contact with it is called limiting friction (Fmax ): fs < Fmax = msR. where ms is the coefficient of static friction. 15. The coefficient of static friction is always greater than the coefficient of kinetic friction, that is, ms > mk. 16. The angle of friction (f) is defined as the angle between the normal reaction N and the resultant of the friction force f and the normal reaction: tan = Since f = mN, tan f = m. 17. The relationship between period T and speed v is given by v= 2 r , T f . N

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## Important Formulas and Units

19. Magnitude of a centripetal force: The centripetal force is the name given to the net force required to keep an object of mass m, moving at a speed v, on a circular path of radius r, and it has a magnitude of Fc = mv 2 . r

18. Magnitude of centripetal acceleration: The centripetal acceleration of an object moving with a speed v on a circular path of radius r has a magnitude ac given by ac = v2 . r

## Chapter 5: Work, Energy, and Power

1. For an object of mass m whose speed v is well below the speed of light, the kinetic energy is expressed as 1 K = mv 2 . 2 2. The SI unit of kinetic energy is joule (J). 3. The scalar product of two vectors a and b is written as a b , which is defined as a b = ab cos , where a is the magnitude of a, b is the magnitude of b, and f is the angle between a and b. 4. A dot product can be regarded as the product of two quantities: (a) the magnitude of one of the vectors and (b) the scalar component of the second vector along the direction of the first vector. 5. If the angle q between two vectors is 0, the component of one vector along the other is maximum, and so also is the dot product of the vectors. If, instead, q is 90, the component of one vector along the other is zero, and so is the dot product. 6. The relationship that relates work to the change in kinetic energy is known as work energy theorem when a net external force does work W on an object, the kinetic energy of the object changes from its initial value (KE0 ) to a final value (KEf ), the difference between the two values being equal to the work: 1 1 2 W = KE f KE 0 = mv f2 mv 0 . 2 2 7. Work can be expressed as follows: W Fscosq. 8. The SI units of work are units of force (N) times units of displacement (m) and are called joules (J): 1 J 1 N 1 m 1 J = 1 N m. 9. Work done by a constant force is expressed as W = F d. 10. Work done by a gravitational force is expressed as Wg = mgd cosq. 11. The law of force for a spring is called Hookes law, which is expressed mathematically as Fs = kx , where k is called the spring constant whose SI unit is the newton per meter (N/m). 12. Work done by a spring force is expressed as 1 1 Ws = kxi2 kx f2 . 2 2 13. The work done by a variable force is expressed as W = F ( x ) dx .
xi xf

14. Gravitational potential energy is the energy stored in an object as a result of its position relative to another object to which it is attracted by the force of gravity. Gravitational potential energy, as a function of height h, is mathematically expressed as V(h) = mgh. 15. Elastic potential energy is the energy stored in an object as a result of a reversible change in shape, which is mathematically expressed as 1 V ( x ) = kx 2 . 2 16. Massenergy equivalence: An objects mass m and the equivalent energy E are related by the equation E = mc 2, which is the famous Einsteins equation. 17. If a force does an amount of work W in an amount of time t, the average power due to the force during that time interval is Pavg = W . t

18. The instantaneous power P is the instantaneous time rate of doing work, which can be expressed as Pinst = dW . dt

19. The SI unit of power is J/s. This unit is used so often that it has a special name, watt (W), named after the scientist James Watt. 1 horse power, another unit of power often used in automobile industry, is equal to 746 W. 20. Instantaneous power is also expressed in terms of force and velocity as P = F v.

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## Chapter 6: System of Particles and Rotational Dynamics

2 1 1 K = 2 Icom 2 + 2 Mv com .

21. Law of conservation of angular momentum: If the net resultant external torque acting on an isolated system is zero, the total angular momentum L of system should be conserved. 22. The relation between the arc length s covered by a particle on a rotating rigid body at a distance r from the axis and the displacement q (in radians) is expressed as s = rq.

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## Important Formulas and Units

Chapter 7: Gravitation
1. Newton proposed a force law that we call Newtons law of gravitation is defined as every particle attracts other particle with a gravitational force of magnitude mm F = G 12 2 , r where m1 and m2 are the masses of the particles, r is the distance between them, and G is the gravitational constant (= 6.672 10-11 N m2/kg2 or = 6.67 10-11 m3/kg s2). 2. The SI unit of gravitational constant is N m2/kg2 and its dimensional formula is [M-1L3T -2]. 3. If we are supposed to find the resultant gravitational force acting on the particle m due to a number of masses M1, 2, M Mn, we use the principle of superposition. Let F1 , F2 , Fn be the individual forces due to the masses M1, M2,. Mn, which are given by the law of gravitation, then from the principle of superposition, each of these forces acts independently and uninfluenced by the other bodies. The resultant force FR can be expressed in vector addition as
n FR = F1 + F2 + + Fn = Fi , i =1

due to gravity at an altitude h above the surface of Earth is then given by g= GME , 2 RE

6. Considering Earth be a homogeneous sphere of radius RE and mass ME and a body be taken to a depth d below the free surface of the Earth, then the acceleration due to gravity is gd is given by d gd = g 1 . RE 7. The gravitational potential energy U of two particles, of masses M and m, separated by a distance r is given by U= GMm , r

The gravitational potential energy decreases when the separation decreases. Since U = 0 for r = , the potential energy is negative for any finite separation and becomes progressively more negative as the particles move closer together. 8. When an isolated system consists of a particle of mass m moving with a speed v in the vicinity of a massive body of mass M, then the total mechanical energy of the particle is given by GMm 1 E = mv 2 , r 2 which implies that the total mechanical energy is the sum of the kinetic and potential energies. The total energy is a constant of motion. 9. The escape velocity, ve , of a body that is projected from the Earth is given by v e = 2gRE , which has the value of 11.2 km/s.

where is the symbol used for summation. 4. Keplers third law of planetary motion: The square of the orbital period of a planet is proportional to the cube of the semi-major axis of the elliptical orbit of the planet, which is also called law of period, is given by 4 3 T2 = R , GMs
2

where T is the period of motion of the planet, R is the radius of the circular orbit of the planet, Ms is the mass of the Sun, and G is the universal gravitational constant (= 6.672 1011 Nm2/kg2). For elliptical orbits, this equation is valid if R is replaced by the semi-major axis (a). 5. When a body of mass m lying on the surface of the Earth of mass ME and radius RE, the exact value of acceleration

## Chapter 8: Mechanical Properties of Solids

1. If F is the magnitude of the force applied on the body and A is the area of cross-section of the body, the magnitude of stress is given by Stress = Restoring force F = . Area A 4. The ratio of change in configuration to original configuration is called strain. Mathematically, strain is written as Strain = Change in configuration . Original configuration

2. The SI unit of stress is same as that of pressure, that is, N/m2 or pascal (Pa) and its dimensional formula is [ML1T 2 ]. 3. The restoring force per unit area developed in a body due to the applied tangential force is known as tangential stress or shearing stress. Mathematically, it is expressed as Shearing stress = Tangential force . Area

5. If the deforming force acting on an elastic body produces a change in only the length of the body, the change in length per unit original length of the body is known as longitudinal strain, which is mathematically expressed as Longitudinal strain = Change in length L = . Original length L

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## Important Formulas and Units

6. If the deforming force acting on an elastic body produces a change in the shape of the body without changing its volume, the strain produced in the body is known as shearing strain, which is mathematically expressed as Shearing strain ( ) = L . L

12. The ratio of tangential stress to the tangential strain produced in a body within elastic limits is known as shear modulus or modulus of rigidity, which is mathematically expressed as Shear modulus (G ) = Shearing stress F /A FL . = = = Shearing strain x /L Ax

7. If the deforming force acting on an elastic body produces a change in the volume of the body alone, the change in volume per unit original volume of the body is known as volumetric strain, which is mathematically expressed as Volumetric strain= Change in volume V = . Original volume V

13. SI unit of shear modulus is N/m2 or pascals (Pa). 14. The ratio of normal stress to the volumetric strain produced in the body within the elastic limits is called bulk modulus of elasticity, which is mathematically expressed as Bulkmodulus (B ) = Hydroststic stress P PV = = , ( V / V ) V V Volume strain

8. According to Hookes law, within elastic limits, stress is directly proportional to strain,that is, the extension produced in a wire is directly proportional to the load applied to the wire, which can be expressed as Stress Strain Stress = k Strain, where k is a constant of proportionality and is known as the modulus of elasticity. Hookes law is applicable to most of the materials but there are certain materials in which the relationship between stress and strain is not linear and they do not obey Hookes law. 9. The ratio of the stress to the corresponding strain produced in a body within the elastic limits is called modulus of elasticity or coefficient of elasticity. Modulus of elasticity is numerically equal to the ratio of stress and strain and, therefore, it has same dimensions as stress: Modulus of elasticity = Stress . Strain

where the negative sign shows that with increase in pressure P, the volume of the body decreases, that is, if P is positive, V is negative. Hence, for a system in equilibrium, the value of bulk modulus should be positive. 15. The SI unit of bulk modulus is N/m2 or pascals (Pa). 16. The reciprocal of the bulk modulus of a material is called the compressibility of that material and is represented by the symbol k. Compressibility is defined as the fractional change in volume per unit increase in pressure. Mathematically, compressibility of a material is expressed as Compressibility (k ) = 1 1 V = = . B ( PV / V ) PV

17. When a deforming force is applied at the free end of a suspended wire, the ratio of lateral strain and the longitudinal strain produced in the wire is called Poissons ratio, which is mathematically expressed as Poissons ratio ( ) = l /l Lateral strain R l = = , Longitudinal strain R /R l R

10. The ratio of normal stress to the longitudinal strain within the elastic limit is called Youngs modulus of elasticity, which is mathematically expressed as Y= Tensile (or compressive) stress = . Linear strain

where l is the initial length and R is the radius of the wire before applying the deforming force and l and R are the increase in length and decrease in radius after the wire is stretched. 18. Applications of elastic behavior of materials: When loaded at the center and supported near its ends, a bar (bridge, buildings etc.) sags by a quantity

Greater the Youngs modulus of a material, larger is the elasticity of the material. Therefore, steel is more elastic than copper because Youngs modulus of steel is greater than that of copper. 11. Youngs modulus of the material of a wire is expressed as Y= MgL Linear stress Mg / r 2 = = = 2 , L /L r L Linear strain

Wl 3 , 4bd 3Y

where r is the initial radius of the wire, L is the initial length of the wire; r 2 is the area of cross-section of the wire; M is the mass of the weights in the pan at the bottom due to which elongation L is produced in the wire; the force applied by the mass M on the wire is equal to its weight, that is, Mg, where g is the acceleration due to gravity.

where l is the length of the bar, b is the breadth of the bar, d is the depth of the bar, and Y is the Youngs modulus of the material. (On increasing the depth d of a bar, unless the load is exactly at the right place, the deep bar bends, which effect is known as buckling.) 19. The elastic potential energy stored in a wire is given by 1 U = Youngsmodulus (Strain)2 . 2

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## Chapter 9: Mechanical Properties of Fluids

1. The uniform density r of a fluid is expressed as P + rv2/2 + rgy = constant, which is basically the conservation of energy applied to non-viscous fluid motion in steady state. There is no fluid that have zero viscosity and hence the above statement is treated true only approximately. The viscosity is similar to friction that converts the kinetic energy to heat energy. 12. Torricellis law: Efflux means fluid outflow. Torricelli discovered that the speed of efflux from an open tank is expressed by a formula identical to that of a free-falling body: v1 = 2gh, when the tank is exposed to the atmosphere, that is, P = Pa ; this equation is known as Torricellis law. 13. In a fluid, though shear strain does not require shear stress, when a shear stress is applied to a fluid, the motion is generated which causes a shear strain growing with time. The ratio of the shear stress to the time rate of shearing strain is called coefficient of viscosity (h). 14. The SI unit of coefficient of viscosity is poiseiulle (Pi) or N s/m2 or Pa s. 15. Force to move a layer of viscous fluid with a con stant velocity: The magnitude of the tangential force F required to move a fluid layer at a constant speed v, when the layer has an area A and is located a perpendicular distance y from an immobile surface, is given by F=

m , V

where m is the mass of the of the fluid and V is the volume of the fluid. 2. Density is a scalar property; its SI unit is the kilogram per cubic meter. 3. The pressure at any point in the fluid is the limit of this ratio as the surface area A of the piston, centered on that point, is made smaller and smaller. However, if the force is uniform over a flat area A, pressure of uniform force on flat area is written as P= F , A

where F is the magnitude of the normal force on area A. (When we say a force is uniform over an area, we mean that the force is evenly distributed over every point of the area.) 4. The SI unit of pressure is the newton per square meter, which is given a special name, pascal (Pa), which is same as N/m2. Pascal is related to some other common (non-SI) pressure units as follows: 1 atm = 1.01 105 Pa = 760 torr. 5. Pascals law: A change in the pressure applied to an enclosed incompressible fluid is transmitted undiminished to every portion of the fluid and to the walls of its container. 6. The pressure in a fluid varies with depth (h) as per the expression P = Pa + rgh, where r is the density of the fluid, when it is uniform. 7. For an incompressible fluid passing any point every second in a pipe of non-uniform cross-section, the volume is the same in the steady flow, that is, vA= constant, where v is the velocity and A is the area of cross-section. 8. Archimedes principle: When a body isfully or partially submerged in a fluid, a buoyant force F b from the surrounding fluid acts on the body. The force is directed upward and has a magnitude equal to the weight mf g of the fluid that has been displaced by the body. 9. When a body floats in a fluid, the magnitude Fb of the buoyant force on the body is equal to the magnitude Fg of the gravitational force on the body. 10. When a body floats in a fluid, the magnitude Fg of the gravitational force on the body is equal to the weight mf g of the fluid that has been displaced by the body. 11. Bernoullis principle: As we move along a streamline, the sum of the pressure (P), the potential energy per unit volume (rgy), and the kinetic energy per unit volume (rv 2/2) remains a constant:

Av , y

where h is the coefficient of viscosity. 16. SI unit of viscosity is Pa s. Common unit of viscosity is poise (P). 17. Poiseuilles law: A fluid whose viscosity is h, flowing through a pipe of radius R and length L, has a volume flow rate Q given by Q=

R 4 ( P2 P1 ) , 8L

where P1 and P2 are the pressures at the ends of the pipe. 18. According to Stokess law, viscous force F acting on the sphere varies directly with (1) the coefficient of viscosity h of the fluid, (2) velocity v of the spherical body, and (3) radius r of the spherical body. Stokess law the viscous dragging force is mathematically expressed as F = 6 av , which explains the retarding force which is proportional to the velocity. 19. Reynolds number: The onset of turbulence in a fluid is determined by a dimensionless parameter given by Re =

vd ,

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## Important Formulas and Units

20. Surface tension is a property by virtue of which, the free surface of a liquid possesses a tendency to contract so as to acquire a minimum surface area. If F be the force acting and l the length of the imaginary line, then the surface tension is given by F S= . l 21. The SI unit of surface tension is N/m. The dimensional formula of surface tension is [ML0 T 2]. 22. Surface energy: The potential energy per unit area of the surface film is called the surface energy. It is the amount of

work done in increasing the area of a surface film through unity under isothermal conditions:
Surface energy = Work done in increasing the surface area . Increase in surface area

23. The SI unit of surface energy is N/m and dimension of surface energy is [MT -2]. 24. The angle between tangent to the liquid surface at the point of contact and solid surface, inside the liquid, is termed as angle of contact and is denoted by q.

## Chapter 10: Thermal Properties of Matter

1. In the SI system, temperature is measured on the Kelvin scale, which is based on the triple point of water (273.16 K). Other temperatures are then defined by use of a constant-volume gas the rmometer, in which a sample of gas is maintained at constant volume so its pressure is proportional to its temperature. We define the temperature T as measured with a gas thermometer to be P T = (273.16 K ) lim , gas0 P 3 where T is in kelvins, and P3 and P are the pressures of the gas at 273.16 K and the measured temperature, respectively. 2. Liquid water, solid ice, and water vapor (gaseous water) can coexist, in thermal equilibrium, at only one set of values of pressure and temperature, called the triple point of water. By international agreement, the triple point of water has been assigned a value of 273.16 K as the standard fixed-point temperature for the calibration of thermometers. 3. An ideal gas is an idealized model for real gases that have sufficiently low densities. The condition of low density means that the molecules of the gas are so far apart that they do not interact (except during collisions that are effectively elastic). The ideal gas law expresses the relationship between the absolute pressure, the Kelvin temperature, the volume, and the number of moles of the gas, which is given by PV = RT , where m is the number of moles and R is the universal gas constant. 4. The Celsius temperature scale is expressed as TC = T 273.15, where T is the Kelvin absolute temperature in kelvins and TC is the Celsius scale. The Fahrenheit temperature scale is expressed as 9 TF = TC + 32. 5 5. All objects change size with changes in temperature. For a temperature change T, a change L in any linear dimension L is given by L = L T , in which a is the coefficient of linear expansion. The change V in the volume V of a solid or liquid is V = V T , where, b = 3a is the materials coefficient of volume expansion. 6. Heat (Q) is energy that is transferred from a higher temperature object to a lower-temperature object because of the difference in their temperatures. It can be measured in joules(J), calories(cal), kilocalories(Cal or kcal), or British thermal units(Btu), with 1 cal = 3.968 10 3 Btu = 4.1868 J. 7. The SI unit for heat is joule (J). 8. If heat Q is absorbed by an object, the objects temperature change Tf Ti is related to Q by Q = C (Tf Ti ), in which C is the heat capacity of the object. If the object has mass m, then Q = sm(Tf Ti ), where s is the specific heat of the material making up the object. The molar specific heat of a material is the heat capacity per mole, which means per 6.02 1023elementary units of the material. 9. Heat absorbed by a material may change the materials physical state for example, from solid to liquid or from liquid to gas. The amount of energy required per unit mass to change the state (but not the temperature) of a particular material is its heat of transformation L. Thus, Q = Lm. 10. The heat of vaporization LV is the amount of energy per unit mass that must be added to vaporize a liquid or that must be removed to condense a gas. For water at its normal boiling or condensation temperature, LV = 539 cal/ g = 40.7 kJ/mol = 2256 kJ/kg. 11. The heat of fusion LF is the amount of energy per unit mass that must be added to melt a solid or that must be

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## Important Formulas and Units

removed to freeze a liquid. For water at its normal freezing or melting temperature, LF = 79.5 cal/ g = 6.01 kJ/mol = 33 kJ/kg. energy via thermal radiation is given by the Stefan Boltzmann law of radiation, Prad = AT 4 , where s (= 5.6704 10-8W/m2 K4) is the Stefan Boltzmann constant, e is the emissivity of the objects surface, A is its surface area, and T is its surface temperature (in kelvins). The rate Pabs at which an object absorbs energy via thermal radiation from its environment, which is at the uniform temperature Tenv (in kelvins), is
4 Pabs = ATenv ,

12. To measure specific heat of a material, we heat a sample to some known temperature Tm, and keep it in a vessel containing water of known mass and temperature Tw , (Tw < T ). We then measure the temperature of the water after equilibrium has been reached. This method is called calorimetry, and vessel in which this energy transfer occurs is called calorimeter. 13. The rate Pcond at which energy is conducted through a slab for which one face is maintained at the higher temperature TH and the other face is maintained at the lower temperature TC is Pcond = Q T T = kA H C , L t

15. If T1 is the temperature of the surroundings, and T2 is the temperature of the body, Newtons law of cooling is stated as the rate of cooling of a body is proportional to the excess temperature of the body over the surroundings: Q = k (T2 T1 ), t where k is a positive constant depending upon the area and nature of the surface of the body, T2 is the temperature of the body, and T1 is the temperature of the surrounding medium. The plot between the temperature of the body and time is known as the cooling curve.

where each face of the slab has area A, the length of the slab (the distance between the faces) is L, and k is the thermal conductivity of the material. 14. Radiation is an energy transfer via the emission of electromagnetic energy. The rate Prad at which an object emits

## Chapter 11: Thermodynamics

1. First law of thermodynamics is the common law of conservation of energy applied to any system in which the energy transfer from the surroundings, or to the surroundings, (through heat and work) is taken into account. It states that Q = U + W, where Q is the heat supplied to the system, W is the work done by the system, and U is the change in internal energy of the system. 2. Specific heat capacity of a substance is expressed as 1 Q s= m T where m is the mass of the substance and Q is the heat required to change its temperature by an amount T. 3. The molar specific heat capacity of a substance is expressed as C= 1 Q , T 5. When CP and CV are molar specific heat capacities of an ideal gas at constant pressure and volume, the simple equation for the ideal gas is expressed as CP and CV = R, where R is the universal gas constant. 6. The relation between the state variables is called the equation of state. For an ideal gas, the equation of state is expressed as PV = mRT, where m is the number of moles of the substance, R is the universal gas constant, and P, V, and T are the state variables. 7. At temperature T, in an isothermal expansion of an ideal gas from volume V1 to V2, the heat absorbed (Q) is equal to the work done (W) by the gas, which is expressed as V Q = W = RT In 2 . V1 8. For an adiabatic process, that is, a system which is insulated from the surroundings and heat absorbed or released is zero, we have PV = constant, where

where m is the number of moles of the substance [for a solid, the law of equipartition of energy gives C = 3R (where R is the universal gas constant), which agrees with the experiment at ordinary temperatures. 4. Calorie is the old unit of heat. One calorie is the amount of heat required to increase the temperature of 1 g of water from 14.5C to 15.5C; 1 cal = 4.186 J.

CP . CV

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9. In an isobaric process, the pressure (P) is fixed, in which case, the work done by the gas is expressed as W = P(V2 V1 ) = R(T2 T1 ). 10. The efficiency (h) of a heat engine is defined by

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11. In a refrigerator (or a heat pump), the system extracts heat Q2 from the cold reservoir and discharges Q1 amount of heat to the hot reservoir, with work (W) done on the system. The coefficient of performance of a refrigerator is expressed as

W , Q1

Q2 Q2 = . W Q1 Q2

where and W is the work done on the environment in on complete cycle and Q1 is the heat input, that is, the heat absorbed by the system in one complete cycle. According to the first law of thermodynamics, for one complete cycle, W = Q1 Q2, therefore,

12. Carnot engine: A reversible engine operating between two temperatures (1) source temperature (T1) and (2) sink temperature (T2) is called Carnot engine, which consists of two isothermal processes connected by two adiabatic processes. The efficiency of a Carnot engine is given by

= 1

Q2 . Q1

= 1

T2 . T1

## Chapter 12: Kinetic Theory

1. Newton, Boyle, and many other scientists tried to describe the behavior of gases by considering that gases are made up of very small atomic particles (the size of an atom is about 1 = 1010 m). 2. In solids, the atoms are tightly packed, which are located at a distance of few angstroms (2 ) apart. 3. In liquids, although the distance between the atoms is also approximately 2 , the atoms in liquids are not as strongly fixed as in solids, and can move around. This is the reason that the liquids flow. 4. In gases, atoms are located at a distance of tens of angstroms. 5. Boyles law: At constant temperature, the volume of a given mass of gas is inversely proportional to pressure, which is expressed as 1 V . P 6. Charles law: When pressure of a gas is constant, the volume of a given mass of gas is directly proportional to its absolute temperature, which is expressed as V = constant. T 7. Ideal gas equation is given by PV = mRT = kBNT, where m is the number of moles, N is the number of molecules, and R = 8.314 J/mol/K and kB = R/NA = 1.38 1023 J/K. The ideal gas equation is satisfied by real gases only approximately that too at low pressures and high temperatures. The gas that follows the ideal gas equation at all possible pressures and volumes is called ideal gas. 8. When a mixture of non-interacting ideal gases with m1 moles of gas 1, m2 of gas 2, and so on, are kept in an enclosed area with volume V, temperature T, and pressure P, the equation of state of mixture is given by PV = (m1+ m2)RT or P = m1RT/V + m2RT/V + = P1 + P2 + , where P1 = m1RT/V is the pressure the gas 1 that would exert at same V and T if no other gases were present in the enclosure. This phenomenon is called Daltons partial pressures, that is, the total pressure of mixture of different ideal gases is equal to the sum of partial pressures of individual gases of which mixture is made of. 9. For an ideal gas, the relation of kinetic theory is given by 1 P = nmv 2 , 3 where n is the density of molecules, m the mass of the molecule, and v 2 is the mean of squared speed. Along with the ideal gas equation, this kinetic theory equation provides the kinetic interpretation of temperature as follows:
1/2 1 2 3 3kBT mv = kBT , vrms = v 2 = . 2 2 m

This implies that the temperature of a gas is an amount of the average kinetic energy of a molecule, which is independent of the nature of the gas or molecule. At a fixed temperature, in a mixture of the gases, heavier molecule has the lower average speed. 10. Law of equipartition of energy is stated as follows: When a system is in equilibrium at absolute temperature T, the total energy is distributed equally in different energy modes of absorption, the energy in each mode being equal to (1/2)kBT. Each translational and rotational

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## Important Formulas and Units

degree of freedom corresponds to one energy mode of absorption and has energy (1/2)kBT. Each vibrational frequency has two modes of energy (kinetic energy and potential energy) with corresponding energy equal to 2 1/ 2 kBT = kBT . 3 E = kBNT , 2 which leads to the following equation: 2 PV = E . 3 13. The mean free path l is the average distance covered by a molecule between two successive collisions: l= 1 , 2n d 2

11. The molar specific heat of gases is determined using the law of equipartition of energy and the resultant values are in agreement with the experimental values of specific heats of several gases. The agreement can be improved by including vibrational modes of motion. 12. Translational kinetic energy of the molecules in a gas is given by

## Chapter 13: Oscillations

1. The SI unit of period is second (s). 2. The total number of repetitions that occur per unit time of a periodic motion is represented by the reciprocal of its period T, which is represented by the symbol n. This quantity is called the frequency of the periodic motion: 1 = . T 3. The unit of frequency is s1 or Hertz (Hz). 4. In a simple harmonic motion, the displacement x(t) of a particle from its equilibrium position is expressed as x (t ) = A cos( t + ) where A is the amplitude of the displacement, the quantity (t + ) is the phase of the motion, and is the phase constant. The angular frequency w is related to the period and frequency of the motion by where k is the force constant, exhibits simple harmonic motion with the following angular frequency (w) and period (T ):

k ; m m . k

T = 2

9. The unit of force constant is N/m and its dimension is [MT 2]. 10. The motion of a simple pendulum moving back and forth through small angles is considered approximately to be simple harmonic and its period of oscillation is expressed as T = 2 l . g

2 = 2 . T

5. The SI unit of angular frequency is radians (rad). 6. As functions of time, the particle velocity [n(t)] and acceleration [a(t)] during SHM, respectively, are expressed as v (t ) = A sin(t + );

11. In damped oscillations, although the energy of the system is continuously dissipated, the oscillations remain apparently periodic. 12. For a SHM, when the damping force is given by Fd = bv, where v is the velocity of the oscillator and b is a damping constant, then the displacement of the oscillator is expressed as x (t ) = A e bt /2 m cos( + ), where the angular frequency of the damped oscillator, w, is expressed as

(t ) = 2 A cos(t + ) (t ) = 2 x (t ).
It is shown that both velocity and acceleration of a body executing SHM motion are periodic functions, having the velocity amplitude vm = A and acceleration amplitude am = 2 A, respectively. 7. At any time, a particle executing SHM has potential energy U = (1/2)kx2 and kinetic energy K = (1/2)mn 2. If no friction exists, the mechanical energy of the system, that is, E = K + U always remains constant despite the fact that K and U change with time. 8. A particle of mass m oscillating under the influence of a Hookes law restoring force given by F = kx,

k b2 . m 4 m2

When the damping constant is small, then , where w is the angular frequency of the undamped oscillator. The mechanical energy (E) of the damped oscillator is expressed as 1 E (t ) = kA2 e bt /m . 2

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13. When an external force with angular frequency, wd, acts on an oscillating system with natural angular frequency, w, the system oscillates with angular frequency wd.

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The amplitude of oscillations is the highest when wd = w, which is a condition known as resonance of the oscillation.

## Chapter 14: Waves

1. The displacement relation for a sinusoidal wave propagating in the positive x-direction is expressed as y ( x , t ) = a sin(kx t + ), where a is the amplitude of the wave, k is the angular wave number, w is the angular frequency, (kx t + ) is the phase, and is the phase constant or phase angle. 2. Unit of wavelength is meter (m) and its dimension is [L]. 3. The time taken by any element of the medium to move through one complete oscillation is called the period T of oscillation of a wave, which is related to the angular frequency w by T= 2 displacement of any element of the medium is the algebraic sum of the displacements due to each wave: y = ft ( x t ).
t =1 n

11. When two sinusoidal waves on the same string show interference, adding or canceling according to the principle of superposition, and if the two are traveling in the same direction and have the same amplitude and frequency but differ in phase by a phase constant , the result is a single wave with the same frequency w : 1 1 y ( x , t ) = 2a cos sin kx t + . 2 2 In this case, if = 0 or an integral multiple of 2p, the waves are exactly in phase and the interference is constructive and if = , they are exactly out of phase and the interference is destructive. 12. A traveling wave, at a rigid boundary or a closed end, is reflected with a phase reversal, but the reflection at an open boundary takes place without any phase change. For an incident wave, y i ( x , t ) = a sin(kx + t) For the reflected wave at a rigid boundary is y r ( x , t ) = a sin(kx + t) For reflection at an open boundary is y r ( x , t ) = a sin(kx + t) 13. Standing waves are produced by the interference of two identical waves moving in opposite directions. For a string with fixed ends, the standing wave is expressed by y ( x , t ) = [2a sin kx ]cos t 14. Standing waves are characterized by fixed locations of zero displacement called nodes and fixed locations of maximum displacements called antinodes. The distance between the two consecutive nodes or antinodes is l/2. A stretched string of length L fixed at both the ends vibrates with frequencies given by

. 2

## 5. Speed of a progressive wave: v=

= = . k T

6. Speed of a transverse wave on a stretched string is set by the properties of the string. The speed on a string with tension T and linear mass density m is expressed as v= T .

7. Sound wave is a longitudinal mechanical wave which travels through solids, liquids, or gases. The speed v of a sound wave in a fluid with bulk modulus (B) and density (r) is expressed as B v= . 8. In a metallic bar, the speed of longitudinal waves is given by v= Y .

## 9. As B = g P, the speed of sound in gases is expressed as v=

nv , for n = 1, 2, 3, 2L

P .

10. Principle of superposition of waves: In the same medium, when two or more waves traverse, the

in which, the set of frequencies are called the normal modes of oscillation of the system. The oscillation mode with lowest frequency is called the fundamental mode or the first harmonic. The second harmonic is the oscillation mode with n = 2, etc. For a pipe of length L with

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## Important Formulas and Units

one end open and other end closed (such as air columns) vibrates with frequencies given by 1 v = n + , for n = 0 ,1, 2, 3, 2 2L in which the set of frequencies are the normal modes of oscillation of such a system. The lowest frequency given by v/4L is the fundamental mode or the first harmonic. 16. A change in the observed frequency of a wave, when the source and the observer move relative to the medium, is called Doppler effect. For sound, the observed frequency, n, is given in terms of the source frequency, n0 , by v + v0 = 0 , v + vs where v is the speed of sound through the medium, v0 is the velocity of observer relative to the medium, and vs is the source velocity relative to the medium. In using this formula, velocities in from the direction of observer to source should be treated as positive and those opposite to it should be taken to be negative.

15. When two waves, having slightly different frequencies (n1 and n2) and comparable amplitudes, are superposed, the outcome is called beats; the beat frequency is given by

beat = 1 2 .

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