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University Physics is designed for the two- or three-semester calculus-based physics course. The text has been developed to meet the scope and sequence of most university physics courses and provides a foundation for a career in mathematics, science, or engineering. The book provides an important opportunity for students to learn the core concepts of physics and understand how those concepts apply to their lives and to the world around them.
• ## 1: Units and Measurement

Physics is about trying to find the simple laws that describe all natural phenomena using a vast range of mass, length, and time scales. These scales are defined by systems of units that are built up from a small number of base units, which are set by accurate and precise measurements of conventionally chosen base quantities. Accuracy refers to how close a measured value is to an accepted reference value while precision refers to how close the agreement is between repeated measurements.
• ## 2: Vectors

Vectors are essential to physics and engineering. Many fundamental physical quantities are vectors, including displacement, velocity, force, and electric and magnetic vector fields. Scalar products of vectors define other fundamental scalar physical quantities, such as energy. Vector products of vectors define still other fundamental vector physical quantities, such as torque and angular momentum.
• ## 3: Motion Along a Straight Line

One-dimensional kinematics describes motion along a straight line using functions such as velocity and acceleration. These functions calculate the object's rate of change in properties like time and position. Relationships between the functions are determined using derivatives and integral calculus. Vectors geometrically indicate the object's motion at any given instant with respect to a given function.
• ## 4: Motion in Two and Three Dimensions

A complete description of kinematics explores motion in two and three dimensions given most objects in the universe move along curved paths. This description heavily uses vectors to represent the functions investigated in the previous section in three-dimensional space. Projectile motion and uniform circular motion are the two most common types of motion along curved paths. In the real world, the reference frames of the kinematic functions must be defined in order to analyze motion properly.
• ## 5: Newton's Laws of Motion

When you drive across a bridge, you expect it to remain stable. You also expect to speed up or slow your car in response to traffic changes. In both cases, you deal with forces. The forces on the bridge are in equilibrium, so it stays in place. In contrast, the force produced by your car engine causes a change in motion. Isaac Newton discovered the laws of motion using forces to describe these situations.
• ## 6: Applications of Newton's Laws

Newton's laws of motion can be applied in numerous situations to solve motion problems. Some scenarios contain multiple force vectors acting in different directions on an object while others contain several physical quantities such as forces, acceleration, and position. All of these problems can be solved using concepts from kinematics and dynamics. But additional forces to consider in these situations are drag force, friction, and centripetal force.
• ## 7: Work and Kinetic Energy

Work, kinetic energy, and power are basic physical concepts that are involved in every physical motion in the universe. An exploration of how these quantities are related to one another will lead to the discovery of the work-energy theorem. The usefulness of such a theorem lies in the modest amount of calculations required to solve problems applying Newton's laws that relate the forces acting on an object to the accelerations that they produce.
• ## 8: Potential Energy and Conservation of Energy

Potential energy is a significant concept that allows for the formulation of the law of conservation of mechanical energy which can be applied to simple systems to make solving problems easier. Conservation is a physical property of a given quantity stating that it stays constant regardless of the path taken to get to the quantity's final state. The law of conservation of energy will be applied in increasingly more detail through situations involving more complex and varied systems.
• ## 9: Linear Momentum and Collisions

Linear momentum is a conserved quantity that describes how the motion of an object depends on its mass and velocity. The impulse-momentum theorem is another relationship that puts an additional constraint on how a system evolves in time. Conservation of momentum is useful for understanding collisions in which it is just as powerful, just as important, and just as useful as conservation of energy and the work-energy theorem.
• ## 10: Fixed-Axis Rotation Introduction

We begin to address rotational motion in this chapter, starting with fixed-axis rotation. Fixed-axis rotation describes the rotation around a fixed axis of a rigid body; that is, an object that does not deform as it moves. We will show how to apply all the ideas we’ve developed up to this point about translational motion to an object rotating around a fixed axis. In the next chapter, we extend these ideas to more complex rotational motion.
• ## 11: Angular Momentum

Angular momentum is the rotational counterpart of linear momentum. Any massive object that rotates about an axis carries angular momentum, including rotating flywheels, planets, and so on. Like with linear momentum, a system's total angular momentum is conserved in the absence of external torques. The conservation of angular momentum states that the angular velocity of a rigid body is inversely proportional to its moment of inertia.
• ## 12: Static Equilibrium and Elasticity

The elastic properties of materials are especially important in engineering applications, including bioengineering. For example, materials that can stretch or compress and then return to their original form or position make good shock absorbers. In this chapter, you will learn about some applications that combine equilibrium with elasticity to construct real structures that last.
• ## 13: Gravitation

In this section, we study the nature of the gravitational force for objects as small as ourselves and for systems as massive as entire galaxies. We show how the gravitational force affects objects on Earth and the motion of the Universe itself. Gravity is the first force to be postulated as an action-at-a-distance force, that is, objects exert a gravitational force on one another without physical contact and that force falls to zero only at an infinite distance.
• ## 14: Fluid Mechanics

In previous sections, we analyzed motion in various idealized situations by applying fundamental principles such as Newton's laws and the conservation of energy. The same principles can be applied for fluid dynamics, or the study of fluids in motion. Understanding the physics behind fluids is a necessity in order to advance technological developments and further our knowledge of natural processes, given their key role in various processes such as controlling weather and climate.
• ## 15: Oscillations

Many types of motion involve repetition in which they repeat themselves over and over again. This is called periodic motion or oscillation, and it can be observed in a variety of objects such as grandfather clocks and musical instruments. These objects always contain a stable equilibrium position that the moved body will return to after some displacement. This section will focus on analyzing the oscillations of two simple systems to develop a foundation for the later section's study on waves.
• ## 16: Waves

In this chapter, we will study the physics of wave motion. We concentrate on mechanical waves, which are disturbances that move through a medium such as air or water. Like simple harmonic motion studied in the preceding chapter, the energy transferred through the medium is proportional to the amplitude squared. The concepts presented in this chapter will be the foundation for many interesting topics, from the transmission of information to the concepts of quantum mechanics.
• ## 17: Sound

Sound is an example of a mechanical wave, specifically, a pressure wave: Sound waves travel through the air and other media as oscillations of molecules. Normal human hearing encompasses an impressive range of frequencies from 20 Hz to 20 kHz. Sounds below 20 Hz are called infrasound, whereas those above 20 kHz are called ultrasound. Many of the concepts covered in Waves also have applications in the study of sound.