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Topics for comprehensive exam:

posted May 30, 2018, 6:00 AM by Barbara Fortunato   [ updated Jun 4, 2018, 3:36 PM ]
  1. Kinematics 
    1. 1-D - equations, cars, freefall, reading graphs x vs. t & v vs. t (ostrich & cheetah)
    2. 2-D - projectile motion, boat problems, airplane problems, adding vectors
  2. Newton's Laws - 
    1. 1st law - conceptual
    2. 2nd law - 
      1. elevators
      2. pulleys
      3. inclined planes
      4. Y string
    3. 3rd law
      1. conceptual
      2. two block
  3. More Newton's Laws - 
    1. Universal Gravitation
    2. Circular Motion
      1. horizontal circles
      2. velocity = circumference / period
      3. vertical circles
  4. Work and Energy - 
    1. Calculating work
    2. Power
    3. Method 1 - Conservation 
      1. before & after diagrams
      2. non-conservative forces
    4. Method 2 - Work-Energy Theorem
    5. Work done by a spring & Hooke's Law
  5. Momentum - 
    1. Impulse
    2. elastic vs. inelastic
    3. conservation - explosions & bullet & car crash problems
    4. Ballistic pendulum
    5. 2-D momentum
  6. Electrostatics 
    1. Electroscope and model of matter
    2. Charging methods - conduction, polarization, induction, friction, lightning, grounding
    3. Electric Force - Coulomb's Law
    4. Electric Field (and lines)
    5. Electric Potential Energy
    6. Electric Potential
    7. all of above in both: point charges & uniform fields
  7. Circuits 
    1. Current def
    2. Ohm's Law
    3. P=IV, brightness
    4. solving series, parallel, and combo circuits
    5. equivalent resistance
    6. ammeters & voltmeters
  8. Electromagnetism 
    1. Magnetism
      1. Right Hand Rules (4) 
      2. representing 3-D space
      3. magnetism basics
    2. Induction
      1. Lenz's Law
      2. magnetic flux
      3. Faraday's Law
    3. Transformers
    4. Motional EMF
    5. motors & generators
  9. Sound - 
    1. Types of waves
    2. Wave anatomy
    3. Wave velocity ( v = f λ )
    4. Wave interference
    5. Standing waves
    6. Resonance in strings, open pipes, and closed pipes
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