Physics Sumary P2

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  • Physics Summary P2
    • Forces and energy
      • A resultant force shows the combined effect of several forces. It makes an object accelerate.
      • The speed of an object can be found using a distance time graph. The acceleration and distance travelled can be found using a velocity time graph
      • Objects gain gravitational potential energy if they are lifted up. Moving objects have kinetic energy. Stretched or squashed elastic objects store elastic energy
      • The stopping distance of a vehicle is thinking distance plus braking distance
      • Moving objects reach a terminal velocity (top speed) when drag forces matches driving forces
      • Momentum is mass X velocity. It is conserved when objects collide or explode apart if no external forces act.
      • A force transfers energy when it does some work on an object
    • Static Electricity
      • Insulating materials can be charged by rubbing. They gain or lose electrons
      • Objects carrying the same charge repel. Objects carrying the opposite charge attract
    • Electrical circuits
      • Electric current is a flow of charge
      • In a series circuit: the current is the same throughout, the potential difference is shared between components and the resitance of components adds
      • Circuit diagrams use standard symbols
      • Resistance measures how easily a current flows through a component. Resistance = potential difference    current
      • In a parallel circuit, the current is shared between branches and the potential difference is the same for each branch
    • Using mains electricity safely and the power of electrical appliances
      • Batteries supply direct current; mains supply is alternating at about 230V 50Hz
      • Electric cable can be two-core or three-core. A three pin plug must be correctly wired
      • Energy transferred is the potential difference supplied X charge
      • Earthing, fuses and RCCBs protect the user and appliance
      • Power is the potential difference supplied X current, or energy transferred   time
    • Atomic Structure and radioactivity
      • An atomic nucleus contains protons and neutrons. Electrons orbit the nucleus. Radioactive materials emit ionising radiation from their nucleus
      • Half-life is the time taken for the count rate of a radioactive sample to halve
      • Alpha, beta, and gamma radiation have different properties, uses and dangers
      • Background radiation comes from natural sources (e.g. rocks) and man made sources like medical uses
      • Ions are atoms that have lost or gained electrons. Isotopes have the same number of protons, but different numbers of neutrons
    • Nuclear fission and nuclear fusion
      • Nuclear fission is the splitting of an atomic nucleus
      • Fission of uranium- 235 or plutonium-239 during a chain reaction releases energy in nuclear reactors
      • All stars have a life cycle. Nuclear fusion in stars releases energy and produces all naturally occurring elements
      • Nuclear fusions is when two atomic nuclei join to form a larger one


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