Mr. Rogers' Honors Physics

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Momentum (9)
Energy (10)
Energy (11)
Heat (12)
Matter (13)

Mechanical Energy, Work, Simple Machines-- Chapter 10

Relevance: The availability and use of energy is a key factor in our standard of living.

SC Standards :


P-3.5 Explain the factors involved in producing a change in momentum (including impulse and the law of
conservation of momentum in both linear and rotary systems).
P-3.6 Compare elastic and inelastic collisions in terms of conservation laws.


Practice Test Study Guide


Essential Question: What does it mean to do work?

Mechanical Energy and Work

  1. Define mechanical energy.

  • Position
  • Motion
  1. Correctly use the SI unit of energy. Joule = kg (m2 / s2)

  2. Define work 2 ways. Note: W =Fd is a special case in which force is constant. It's not an actual definition.

  • In words: mechanical energy transfer done by a force (F) acting through a displacement (S) in its same dimension 
  • Graphically: work is the area under a force (F) vs. displacement (S) curve. Note: "S" is traditionally used to represent a generic displacement that could occur in the x, y, or z dimensions.
  1. State whether work and mechanical energy are vectors or scalars.

  2. State 2 requirements for work to be done by a force.

  • Motion
  • Non-zero force component in same dimension as motion
  1. Calculate the work done by a constant force acting through a displacement at an angle.

    W = F d , the right side of the equation is called a dot product and has the meaning shown below

    W = F(d) cos q , where q is the angle between the force and displacement


Homefun (formative/summative assessment): Read sections 10.1



Formative Assessment: Physics Investigation

Research Question  
Data, Calculations  

Follow up Questions




Essential Question: Can you do negative work?


The Nature of Kinetic Energy

  1. Define kinetic energy 2 ways:
  • In words: the work needed to accelerate an object from rest to its current velocity. (The energy an object possesses due to its motion)
  • Mathematically: K 1/2 mv2
  1. Explain the difference between positive and negative work.

W = Δ K

  • Negative work: reduces kinetic energy. Done by a conservative force such as gravity converts kinetic energy into potential energy. Done by sliding friction converts kinetic energy into thermal energy (heat).
  • Positive work: increases kinetic energy
  1. Use the definition of kinetic energy and work in problem solving. 
  • Sliding Friction: negative work = heat
  • Gravity Force: positive work = kinetic energy


Homefun (formative/summative assessment) problems1, 2, 3 p. 261.


Essential Question: Is being strong the same thing as being powerful?


  1. Define power 2 ways:

    Mathematically: Power = (work) / (time)

    In words: power is the rate of using energy or the rate of doing work.

  2. Solve power problems

    for constant force and velocity, Power = Fv


Homefun (formative/summative assessment):Section Review Problems 15 to 18; page 265

Essential Question: Can you do more work by using a simple machine?

Simple Machines--Levers

Relevance: Simple machines are everywhere. Some knowledge of how to use them can help with all kinds of tasks.

  1. Define mechanical advantage. Note: this term is commonly found in textbooks.

    MA = (force out) / (force in)

  2. Define motion advantage. Note: this term is not commonly found in textbooks.

    MoA = (rout) / (rin)

  3. Calculate the theoretical MA of ideal levers using torques.


    (Torque in) = (Torque out)

    Fin(rin) = Fout(rout)

    rin / rout = Fout / Fin

    MA = rin / rout

  4. Estimate MAs and MoVs for levers such as the jaw and forearm and explain why they favor certain patterns.
  5. State that mechanical advantage is the reciprocal of motion advantage. In other words, a simple machine can increase force or increase motion but not both at the same time.

    MA = 1 / MoA

  6. Calculate the MA and MoA for an inclined plane.
  7. Explain why even an ideal or perfect simple machine cannot do more output work against a load than the work input to the machine by the user or input power source.
  8. Calculate the efficiency of simple machines. Efficiency of real machines is always less than 100% due to deflection, stretching or bending of parts and due to friction.

    Efficiency = (work out) / (work in)


Homefun (formative/summative assessment): problems 29, 31, page 273


Essential Question: How can you best prepare for the test?

Review of Objectives 1- 19 (1-3 days)

Formative Assessments:

  1. Work review problems at the board

  2. Work practice problems.

Metacognition Problem Solving Question: Can I still work the problems done in class, several hours or days later? Some amount of repetition on the exact same problems is necessary to lock in learning. It is often better to thoroughly understand a single example of a problem type than to work example after example understanding none of them completely.

Relevance: Good test preparation is essential to performance in physics class.

Homefun (formative/summative assessment): turn in on the day stapled to the back of the test.

Summative Assessment: Unit exam objectives 1-23


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