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Chapter 2: Newton's First Law of Motion--Inertia
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Chapter Objectives:

  • Describe Aristotle's concepts of natural and violent motion.
  • Describe Copernicus' Idea about Earth's motion.
  • Describe Galileo's contribution to the science of motion.
  • State Newton's first law of motion.
  • Distinguish among mass, volume, and weight, and their units of measurements.
  • Explain how something that is not connected to the ground is able to keep up with the moving Earth.
  • Explain why a clothesline or wire that can easily support an object when strung vertically may break when strung horizontally and supporting the same object.
  • Describe how the angle between vectors affects their resultant vector.

Chapter Terms:

  • inertia
  • force
  • mechanical equlibrium
  • equilibrium rule

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Chapter Outline Framework:

  • Aristotle on Motion
  • Copernicus and the Movint Earth
  • Galileo and the Leaning Tower
  • Galileo's Inclined Planes
  • Newton's First Law of Motion
  • Net Force
  • The Equilibrium Rule
  • Support Force
  • Equilibrium of Moving Things
  • The Moving Earth

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