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Physics Math Review. Review. Key concepts from other science courses will be used throughout Physics. Examples: Sig Figs Metric System Unit Analysis Trigonometry. Metric System. The Metric system is the international system of units used in all sciences.

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Physics math review

Physics Math Review



Key concepts from other science courses will be used throughout Physics.


Sig Figs

Metric System

Unit Analysis


Metric system

Metric System

The Metric system is the international system of units used in all sciences.

The metric system is based on powers of 10 and uses prefixes to indicate the appropriate power of 10 or the # of one unit compared to another.

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Metric System

Prefixes Exponent Meaning

Giga (G) 109 One Billion Mega (M) 106 One Million Kilo (k) 103 One Thousand Hecta (h) 102 One Hundred Deka (dk) 101 One Ten Base 100 (1) One

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Metric System

Prefixes Exponent Meaning


Deci (d) 10-1 One Tenth

Centi (c) 10-2 One Hundredth

Milli (m) 10-3 One Thousandth

Micro (μ) 10-6 One Millionth

Nano (n) 10-9 One Billionth

Metric conversions

Metric Conversions

To convert from one metric unit to another, you multiply or divide by a power of 10 dependent on how far apart the two units are.

Ex. 1 km = ?m1 x 103= 1000m

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Metric Conversions

Another way to accomplish this is to move the decimal place dependent on how far apart the two units are.

Ex. 1m = ?km

km is located 3 powers to the left of m so move decimal place 3 places left

1m = 0.001km

Review practice

Review Practice

1. 12kL = ___________ L 5. 0.00084nm= _________Mm (use sci. notation)

2. 6200 μm = ________ m 6. 784g = ____________cg

3. 0.00106L = _______hL 7. 0.084kg = _________g

4. 784mg = _________cg 8. 80kg = __________ cg

Significant figures sig figs

Significant Figures (SIG FIGS)

Significant Figures are indicated based on the precision your equipment provides. Final calculations should have a final # of digits based on the “worst” piece of equipment used.

Remember that “worst” means fewest # of digits and that when measuring, one digit is always estimated.

Sig fig rules

Sig Fig Rules

1. All non-zero digits are significant

2. Zeroes between non-zeroes are significant

3. Zeroes after a non-zero and after a decimal place are significant

4. Zeroes before non-zeroes are NOT significant

Sig fig rules contd

Sig Fig Rules (contd.)

5. Zeroes after non-zeroes but before the decimal place are NOT significant.

6. Once you have located the first significant digit, count all digits until you come to a non-significant digit. The # counted is the correct # of sig figs.

7. When multiplying/dividing, the answer will have the same number of sig figs as the # with the least amount of sig figs.

8. When adding/subtracting, the answer will have the same number of decimal places as the # with the fewest decimal places.

Sig fig practice

Sig Fig Practice

# of sig figs:

1. 0.0251 kg = ____________________

2. 10.089 kg = ____________________

3. 100 cars = _____________________ 4.0.010 s = ______________________

Sig fig practice contd

Sig Fig Practice (contd.)

Answer with correct # of sig figs:

5. (10.18m)(0.00740m) = ______________

6. 701g + 4.24g + 57.397g = ___________

7. (3.4617 x 107) ÷ (5.61 x 10-4)= ________

8. 9.66kg – 0.25692kg = _______________

Scientific notation

Scientific Notation

Scientific notation differs from standard notation and is used to show very large or very small values.

The values are equal to each other, just indicated in different formats.

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Scientific Notation

Instead of writing out an entire number, it is converted to a number between 1 and 9.9 and given an exponent to show the true value.

Ex. 9060000 = 9.06 x 106 Ex. 0.0000000417 = 4.2 x 10-8

On calculators, a E notation may be used. Practice with your calculator so you are comfortable with the E notation.

Scientific notation practice

Scientific Notation Practice

Convert to scientific notation: Convert to scientific notation:

1. 255130000000m = ____________ 5. 1.72 x 10-3hrs ___________

2. 0.0004572 L =_______________ 6. -4.25 x 10-4 _____________

3. 77.9cL ____________________ 7. 5.96 x 104 K _____________

4. -0.0000084kg = ______________ 8. 3.19 x 106 g _____________

Unit analysis

Unit Analysis

  • Unit Analysis is a system in which different units are converted.

  • Equivalent values are used and then units are canceled, leaving you with only the appropriate unit(s) at the end of the conversion.

  • These units are canceled by dividing by themselves (x/x = 1 so it is “canceled).

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Unit Analysis

Ex. How many seconds are in the school day (8 hours)?

8 hours x 60 minutes x 60 seconds = 28800 seconds 1 hour1 minute

Hours/hours and minutes/minutes are canceled leaving you with seconds as the only unit.

In Physics, it is imperative you understand the canceling of units in order to provide correct final units.

Unit analysis practice

Unit Analysis Practice

1. Convert your age to seconds (ignore leap years).

2. Convert your height in inches to nm(given 1in. = 2.54cm)

3. Convert 340miles/hr to m/s (1 mile = 5280 feet)

4. How many dabs of peanut butter does it take to make enough peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to feed 4 hungry six year olds if it takes 2.5 sandwiches to feed one child? One PBJ sandwich requires 4 smears of peanut butter, 11 dollops equals 2 smears and 3 dabs are equivalent to 2 dollops.

5. Convert 5.93 cm3 to m3.

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Unit Analysis Practice


Algebra review

Algebra Review

Algebra involves the rearranging of values or the transposing of unknowns in an equation. Opposite operations are used to move around parts of the equation.

Ex. V = d/t so t = d/V

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Algebra Review

1. Given F = ma, solve for m.

2. Given I = V/R, solve for R.

3. Given KE = ½ mv2, solve for m.

4. Given KE = ½ mv2, solve for v.

5. Given W = Fdcosθ, solve for θ.

Algebra review2

Algebra Review


Trigonometry review

Trigonometry Review

Basic trigonometry involving triangles and angles will be used throughout physics.

The general right triangle as well as the Pythagorean Theorem will be used.

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Trigonometry Review

Right Triangle: SOHCAHTOA

Sin θ =opposite Cos θ = adjacent Tan θ = opposite

Hypotenuse hypotenuse adjacent

Pythagorean Theorem: A2 + B2 = C2

Law of Cosines: R2 = A2 + B2 – 2ABcosθ.

Trigonometry review2

Trigonometry Review


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