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Analytical Physics 1B (124)

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The topics covered in this course are:

  • Rotational Dynamics
  • Gravitation
  • Oscillation and Periodic Motion
  • Mechanical Waves
  • Sound
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Temperature and Heat
  • Thermal Properties of Matter
  • The First Law of Thermodynamics
  • The Second Law Of Thermodynamics

For each equation I will explain the variables used, the typical units used, and any constant values (if they haven’t been defined already). If there are concepts that don’t reside within equations, they will be explained nearest to the equations I feel are most related to that concept.

Rotational Dynamics

The basic variables:

  • Rotational Displacement:
  • Rotational Velocity:
  • Rotational Acceleration:
  Displacement Velocity Acceleration

Remember that the units for rotational kinematic variables are different as well. Instead of measuring in meters we measure in radians.

That is:

  Displacement Velocity Acceleration

One last thing:

We need to consider direction. Rotation isn’t all that different and we can have different directions.

We notate direction as being able to happen in two directions. Clockwise and Counter-Clockwise. Typically we denote counter-clockwise movement as being positive and clockwise movement as negative.

Below are a few equations that which are direct siblings to the linear kinematic equations, but utilize the rotiational variables instead


Torque is equal to the perpendicular force along the moment arm applied a distance, from a rotational axis.

Kinetic Energy of Rolling Body

The total kinetic energy of a body in rolling motion is equal to the sum of the translational kinetic energy and the rotational kinetic energy.

Rotational to Translational Velocity

To convert from angular velocity to translational velocity, simply multiply the radius of the object by the angular velocity.

Rotational Work

The angular version of . A toque multiple by the distance rotated in radians.

Power of Rotation

The power applied is the angular version of . Toque, multiplied by the angular velocity, .

Angular Momentum

Angular momentum is the angular version of normal momentum. It is equal to the moment of inertia multiplied by its angular velocity. This can also be translated to the normal momentum, , multiplied by the velocity at angle from the perpendicular of the ‘moment arm’ to the object,

Conservation of Angular Momentum

If there is NO net toque applied to an object, the angular momentum in conserved. That is, th (initial state) should be equal to (final state).


Gravitational Constant

This is Newton’s constant of gravitation. Used in the equations to follow.

Graviational Force of Two Bodies

This equation tells us that two bodies exert the same force on each other based on one object’s mass, , the other object’s mass, , and the distance between the two objects’ centers of gravity.

Potential Energy of Gravitation

The potential energy of one body with respect to another.

Finding on Earth and Other Planets

We can find the value for the gravitational acceleration at the surface (or distance from that planet for that matter) so long as we know the planet’s mass, , and the distance between the object and the center of the planet, .

Circular Orbit Velocity

We can derive this value by setting the values for centripetal force ( equal to . Solving for v, we find that the velocity in a circular orbit depends only on the mass of the planet and the orbit distance from the center of the planet (not the surface).

Period of Orbit

Simply the time it takes to make one revolution given velocity v. Second equation is derived from Kepler’s law (see below).

Kepler’s Law of Equal Areas

Kepler's Law of Equal Areas

Kepler’s Law of Equal Areas. In equal units of time, the area a planet sweeps out in a triangle along its orbit path will always be equal to each other.

Kepler’s Law of Orbits

This equation relates the period is takes for a planet to orbit with the semi-major axis, (or if orbit is circular), and the mass of the object, that a planet or body is orbiting.

Total Energy of a Body in Orbit

The total energy for a body in orbit () is equal to the above equation.

Oscillation and Periodic Motion


Frequency is defined as the amount of rotations/oscillations per second. units of .


The period is simply the inverse of frequency. It is measured in seconds. As in, seconds per oscillation.

Angular Frequency

angular frequency is a quantity measured in radians per second (). It is used frequently. The magnitude of angular velocity.

Hooke’s Law

Hooke’s law related the force that a spring pulls on an object given a spring’s stiffness (k) and the distance the object is pulled from equilibrium on the spring.

Angular Frequency (Spring Constant)

We can calculate the angular frequency of a mass on a spring by the above equation.

Period of an Oscillating Object on a Spring

Similarly, because we know , we can solve for the period too.

Total Energy in SHM

The total energy in SHM is equal to the kinetic energy of an object plus its potential energy. This should always sum to a constant value so long as no energy is lost in the system. It should also be equal to the value because that is the max potential energy when the object is moved from displacement.

Maximum Velocity in SHM

The maximum velocity for any object in SHM is just the angular frequency multiplied by the amplitude of motion.

Maximum Acceleration in SHM

The maximum accleration is similar to velocity where it is related to angular frequency and amplitude.

Displacement of SHM

The following equation gives us the displacement of any object at time in SHM. Because we know that the max value of is 1, then the max displacement is the amplitude, A, which it should be. This same concept will follow to the next two equations also.

Velocity of SHM

Because velocity is the derivative of displacement with respect to time, this equation is simply the derivative of the previous one.

Acceleration of SHM

Again, similar to the above equation this equation is the derivative of the velocity equation with respect to time.


Simple Pendulums

A simple pendulum is a pendulum in which the mass of the string is neglected (or it is too small in comparison to make a noticeable difference).

Angular Frequency (Simple Pendulum)

Angular frequency of a simple pendulum is proportional to the gravitational acceleration, and the length of the pendulum .

Period (Simple Pendulum)

We know , so we can solve for Period and we find that it’s a pretty simple equation.

Physical Pendulums

Real pendulums are pendulum where all of the mass if NOT concentrated at the end of the string (or arm). is the total mass of the pendulum. is the constant of gravitation. is the distance from the axis of rotation to the center of gravity of the pendulum. is the moment of inertia of the whole pendulum.

Angular Frequency (Physical Pendulum)

Angular frequency for a real pendulum is defined above.

Period (Physical Pendulum)

Similar to a simple pendulum, we can also solve for period if we know the angular frequency.

Mechanical Waves

Velocity of a Wave

The velocity of any wave is equal to the above.

Velocity of Waves on a String

We can find the velocity of any wave on a string if we know the tension that the string is under, , and the linear density of the string, . Linear density is measured in or .

Wave Number

Simply the equation for wave number.

Displacement of a Mechanical Wave

This equation tells us the vertical displacement, , from equilibrium of any point on a string moving left to right, given the x position on the string, and the time t, since it oscillating.

Principle of Superposition

This is the principle of superposition. This basically says that any two waves traveling on the same string will sum their displacements together when traveling to form the new displacement from equilibrium

Displacement of 2 Standing Waves on a String

If there are two standing waves on a string, the equation for the displacement from equilibrium become the following.

Average Power of a Wave

This equation describes the average amount of power used by a string to make a wave with amplitude

Fundamental Frequencies of a Wave on a String

A wave cannot exist on a string unless half of a wavelength is equal to a multiple of the length of the string. Because a fixed string with tension, and linear density doesn’t change, there are only certain frequencies that can be played on a string. These are called the fundamental frequencies. , v is the velocity that the waves travel on the string. is the length of the string.


Maximum Pressure of a Sound Wave

The maximum pressure of a sound wave depends on Bulk’s modulus, , the amplitude of the sound, and, , the wave number.

Velocity of a Sound Wave

The velocity of sound is based on the Bulk modulus of the medium and the density of the medium, .

Threshold of Hearing Intensity

The threshold of human hearing for sound intensity is equal to the above value. it is a constant.

Intensity in Decibels

Intensity is normally measured on a log scale that we call Decibels. The equation describes the intensity in decibels using the values.

Relations of Sound Intensity

Sound intensity is proportional to the amplitude of the sound wave being produced and the distance from the source at which the listener hears the sound. That is to double the distance from the source of a sound, you would have an intensity decrease of approximately that of the original.

Fundamental Frequencies (Open Pipe)

There are fundamental frequencies for sound in open pipes (one with openings at each end). Similar to a string. we need only the speed of sound and the length of the pipe to calculate the fundamental frequencies.

Fundamental Frequencies (Stopped Pipe)

Similar to the above, this equation is for a stopped pipe (one end open, the other closed). We can calculate the fundamental frequencies for any pipe with length L.

See below for visualization.

Fundamental Frequencies in Pipes

Beat Frequency

Two different sound frequencies create what we call ‘beats’. It is additional amplitude variations in the sound we hear. See below image.

Image of Beat

The Doppler Effect

The doppler effect tells us that the frequency a listener hears when they, or a source is moving to or away from the listener changes based on the velocity.

  • is positive if the listener moves toward the source.
  • is negative if the listener moves away from the source.
  • is positive if the source moves away from the listener
  • is negative if the source moves toward the listener

Fluid Mechanics

Definition of Density

Simply defining density as amount of mass per unit of volume

Pressure (on Bernoulli’s Equation)

The pressure given density of the fluid and changes in height are given by this equation.

Definition of Pressure

We define pressure here as force per unit of area.

Definition of Flow Rate

The flow rate of a fluid is defined by the Volume, , of fluid that passes through a given point in a unit of time,

Continuity Of Flow Rate

This equation is basically telling us that for a pipe flowing with an incompressible fluid inside, the velocity multiplied by the cross-sectional area should be exactly the same.

Equal Pressures and Forces

This equation relates the cross-sectional area of a pipe and the force pushing against the pipe at two different point on level ground must be equal.

Difference in Pressure due to Height

This equation tells us the difference in pressure to a change in height, h of the pipe.

Bernoulli’s Equation

Bernoulli’s equation tells us that the pressure and velocity of any two points in a pipe system are related. Remember higher pressure means lower velocity. Lower pressure means higher velocity.

Force of Buoyancy

The force of buoyancy that an object experiences is directly related to the volume of the object submerged in water and the density of the water displaced.

Remember: if an object floats in water, not fully submerged, the buoyant force is still equal to the weight of the object.

Temperature and Heat

Temperature in Fahrenheit

This equation is used to convert Temperature in Celsius to Fahrenheit. is the temperature in Fahrenheit and is the temperature in Celsius.

Temperature in Celsius

This equation is used to convert Temperature in Fahrenheit to Celsius and is simply a re-arraned form of the above equation.

Temperature in Kelvin

Temperature on the absolute scale is measured in Kelvins. is absolute 0. Other temperature scales can be converted to Kelvin by the above formula.

The Ideal Gas Law

This is the ideal gas law. In physics we like to use SI units, therefore these quantities are measured in their respective SI units. P is pressure in pascals. V is volume in . n is number of moles of gas. R is equal to . T is temperature measured in Kelvin.

Gas Constant, R

Just restatement of value of the gas constant, R.

We can rearrange the ideal gas law into this form. We can set two states of a gas equal to each other because we know the gas constant is equal, then we can solve for any changes in values.

A thermometer measures temperature by using the change in pressure that occurs when the temperature rises (or falls) in order to make measurements.

Linear Thermal Expansion

A solid rod will change length with a change in temperature. is a constant different for specific materials that is traditionally measured in or . is the initial length of the beam at the initial temperature. is the change in temperature measured in Celsius or Kelvin

Thermal Stress

Thermal stress can be simply found by dividing by the above equation to obtain the thermal stress by a change in temperature.

calories and Joules

1 calorie is the amount of energy is takes to raise the temperature of 1 gram of water by one degree celsius. This energy is equal to 4.186 Joules.

Heat Transfer

We can find the amount of heat required to change the temperature of the object if we know the specific heat, , and the mass of the object. is specific to every material. is the change in temperature, usually in Kelvin or celsius depending on the units of the specific heat capacity.

Total Mass

The total mass of a gas, or material, can be found by multiplying the number of moles, , and the Molar Mass, . It is usually measured in .

Substituting the above equation into the one for heat transfer we find that there is a Molar heat capacity which is equal to .

Thermal Expansion in 3 Dimensions

To find a coefficient for volumetric expansion, we can simply multiply a material’s linear expansion constant by 3 to find the value for volumetric expansion.

Volumetric Expansion

The change in volume of an object due to a change in temperature. is a constant that we defined above. is the initial volume of the object. is simply the change in temperature, typically in Celsius or Kelvin.

Heat Required for Phase Change

We can calculate the heat required for a phase change of a compound by simply multiplying the mass of the compound by the latent heat of fusion, or latent heat of fusion. Latent heat, is typically measured in .

Thermal Conductivity

The rate of heat transfer between a hot and cold reservoir is equal to the change in heat, or energy, over a period of time. This means the value is measured in Watts. We can calculate the power flowing through an object by using its thermal conductivity, , the cross-sectional area that the heat is flowing through, . The Temperatures of each hot and cold reservoir respectively measured in . and the length of the heat conductor, .

Heat Radiation

Every body emits some kind of electromagnetic radiation. The amount of power that a body emits is equal to its surface area, multiplied by its emmisivity, , the Stefan-Boltzmann constant, , and the temperature of the body in Kelvin. However, note that this equation is valid if the body and its surrounding environment are of the same temperature.

This is the constant value of the Stefan-Boltzmann constant, .

If a body and it’s surrounding temperature are not the same, then we can find the power emitted by a body by the above equation where is the temperature of the surroundings.

Thermal Properties of Matter

The Ideal Gas Law (Again)

Just iterating over the gas law again. Make sure you know it!

Relation Between PV and the Translational Kinetic Energy of a Gas

is the Average translational kinetic energy of a gas. is equal to this value.

Average Translational Kinetic Energy

The average translational kinetic energy of an entire gas is equal to this. are their respective values from the ideal gas law.

Molar Mass

The mass of one molecule of a gas can be found by dividing the Molar Mass, by Avogadro’s number, . It is equal to .

Average Kinetic Energy of a Gas

We can relat the average kinetic energy of molecule of a gas by the values of R and T and its Molar Mass

Average Kinetic Energy of a Molecule (Molar Mass)

The Boltzmann constant, , is simply equal to the gas constant, divided by Avogadro’s Number.

Average Kinetic Energy of a Molecule (Mass)

If we know the mass of the gas, then the average kinetic energy of a molecule is simply the above equation.

Root-Mean Square Speed of a Molecule

We can calculate the average velocity of a gas particle by the above equations. Remember is just the normal mass of the gas, while is the Molar mass.

Heat Capacities

Using the theory behind the kinetic energy of a particle, we can estimate the heat capacities of simple gases that have constant volume. It is important that we note this is with constant volume.

Monatomic Gas

For a monatomic gas, this is simply the heat capacity

Diatomic Gas

For a diatomic gas (two atoms per molecule) the heat capacity is which is because we add rotational degrees of freedom to the molecule.

Monatomic Solid

For a solid that has molecules of only 1 atom, the heat capacity at constant volume is only .

The total Energy of a solid is equal to .

Phase Diagrams

Image of Phase Diagram

Phase diagrams can be useful in determining the conditions under which a material transitions phases from solid, to liquid, and gas.

The figure denotes the curves which show melting, freezing, vaporization, condensation, sublimation, and deposition. Each area shows the different phases that occur given certain temperature and pressure.

The triple point is the point at which all 3 states of matter can exist for a certain material. The critical point is the point at which the properties of liquids and gases mix due to high pressure and temperature.

The First Law of Thermodynamics

The amount of work done by a gas at pressure, p, is equal to the integral from one volume to another of . This is the general equation.

At constant pressure, the work done is simply the pressure (in pascals), multipled by the difference of the two states of volume.

To derive this, from the ideal gas law, . If we replace P with this value in our integral, we find that . This is how we find the equation. All units are in SI. Also, because , we get the second form of this equation.

The First Law of Thermodynamics

This is considered The First Law of Thermodynamics. It is essential to understand this. Basically this equation related the amount of heat added to (or lost) by a gas, and the amount of work done on/by the gas. We can find the change in internal energy between any two states by this equation. is the change in internal energy between two states. is the amount of heat added or lost by a gas. is the amount of work. It is important to note the sign convention. Adding heat to a gas denotes . Taking heat away is . Work done by the gas denotes . If the work is done on the gas, then we have .

If gas is at a constant pressure and volume is changing, we know that the so that gives us this equation.

For a gas at constant volume and a changing temperature (isobaric), we can relate a small change in the internal energy to the Molar heat capacity at constant volume

Adiabatic Process

In n adiabatic process, heat is not lost or gained, therefore the change in internal energy is simply the work done by the system.

Isochoric Process

An isochoric process means that there is no change in volume. If there is no change in volume, then the system can’t be doing any work, which means . Therefore our change in internal energy must only be the heat added to the system.

Isobaric Process

In an isobaric process, the pressure is constant, which means we can relate the amount of work done by a gas to be .

Isothermal Process

In an isothermal process there is no change in the temperature of the system. Therefore is there isn’t a change in the temperature, then the change in internal energy .

Heat capacity at a constant pressure

We find the molar heat capacity for a gas at constant pressure (not volume) is simply equal to its molar heat capacity at constant volume plus the gas constant, .

Ratio of Heat Capacities

is the ratio of heat capacities which is simply the molar heat capacity at constant pressure over the molar heat capacity at constant volume.

Work Done in Adiabatic Processes

In an adiabatic process we can find the work done by a gas to be equal to the number of moles of the gas, multiplied by the molar heat capacity at constant volume multiplied by the change in temperature from two states, . Note that temperature should be in Kelvin.

Again in an adiabatic process we rearrange what we have above we can find that the work done over two states is equal to the multiplied by the pressures and volumes at each state of the gas.

The Second Law Of Thermodynamics

Any device that can turn heat into Work, is called a heat engine. All engines absorb heat from some reservoir at a higher temperature, use that heat to do work, and discard some heat at a lower temperature. That is the net heat of an engine process is equal to . .

We can visualize he cycle with the following image:

Image of Carnot Cycle

Net Heat Absorbed in an Engine Cycle

This is the amount of heat that is transferred into work. Because , the amount of work done in an engine cycle is the difference of the absolute values of the heats and

Thermal Efficiency of an Engine

Because we know from above that can never be zero, this means that is always less than . This leaves us with the fact that our engine efficiency, MUST be less than 1. It is impossible to have an efficiency of 1 or greater.

Thermal Efficiency in an Otto Cycle

Remember is defined as the ratio of heat capacities at constant volume and pressure (see earlier).

Image of Otto Cycle

Above is an image detailing a diagram of a normal Otto Cycle. From A to B there is an adiabatic compression (no heat lost). B to C we have heat added into the system with constant pressure and some volume change (This means some work is done). Point C to D there is the power stroke. The gas expands at somewhat constant temperature doing as much work as is can while pressure decreases. Then from point D to A the extra heat is exhausted as the gas cools in temperature. It also drops in pressure while volume remains constant.

Work and Heat in Refrigeration

We can think of a refrigerator as simply a heat engine, but reversed. Instead of the hot reservoir letting heat out to do work, a refrigerator will have a cold reservoir, add work into the system, and exhaust more heat.

Efficiency of Refrigeration
Efficiency of Refrigeration (Form 2)

Stating the Second Law of Thermodynamics

It is impossible for any system to undergo a process in which it absorbs heat from a reservoir at a single temperature and converts the heat completely into mechanical work, with the system ending in the same state in which is began.

We can also state it as: It is impossible for any process to have as its sole result the transfer of heat from a cooler to a hotter body.

Steps of the Carnot Cycle

Carnot Diagram

  1. The gas expands isothermally at Temperature absorbing heat
  2. It expands adiabatically until its temperature drops to
  3. It is compressed isothermally at rejecting heat .
  4. It is compressed adiabatically back to its inital state at temperature
Efficicency of a Carnot Engine

and are the temperatures of the cold and hot reservoirs respectively. However, it is important to note that all temperatures should be measured in Kelvin.

Efficiency Through Refrigeration

Similar to the efficiency of a carnot engine, the temperatures for the efficiency of refrigeration must also be measured in Kelvin.


For a reversible isothermal process, the entropy is measured as above. It has units of Energy / Temperature which normally is .

Entropy Restated
Entropy in Non-Isothermal Processes

For a process which isn’t isothermal we can’t use the above equations. The equation to use is: