# 17.25 Diminishing deception

Acceleration is a simple idea – suppose a car increases its speed from 0 to 60 km.h-1 in 3 s. Its final speed is 60/(60 × 60) km.s-1, so its average acceleration is 60/(60 × 60 × 3) = 0.006 km.s-2 (see post 16.13 for more explanation, and post 16.7 if you’re worried because the… Continue reading 17.25 Diminishing deception

# 17.24 Fields and vectors

Before you read this post, I suggest that you read posts 16.50, 16.25 and 16.16. In posts 16.16 and 16.25, we met the idea of a field – a region of space in which an object experiences a force that depends on its properties. For example, an object experiences a force in a gravitational field… Continue reading 17.24 Fields and vectors

# 17.23 Integration, centre of gravity and centre of mass

Before you read this, I suggest you read posts 17.19 and 17.22. This post uses the mathematical technique of integration (post 17.19) to explore further the concepts of centre of mass (post 17.21) and centre of gravity (post 17.22). If you don’t like mathematics, you probably won’t want to read this post. In post 17.22,… Continue reading 17.23 Integration, centre of gravity and centre of mass

# 17.22 Balancing

Before you read this, I suggest you read posts 16.16, 17.10 and 17.21. We expect a rod, whose cross-section and density remain constant along its length, to balance at its centre. Why? The picture above shows a rod balanced in the way we expect. We could consider the rod to be made up of a… Continue reading 17.22 Balancing

# 17.21 Centre of mass

If you have been reading and thinking about this blog regularly, you may have noticed that I often ignore the dimensions of an object. For example, when we calculated the speed that a falling object hits the ground (post 17.18), we assumed that the object was a point in space. In this example, assuming that… Continue reading 17.21 Centre of mass