# Newton’s First Law of Motion—Inertia

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Newton’s First Law of Motion—Inertia
Chapter 4

Aristotle (4th Century B.C.)
Believed in two different types of motion: natural motion & violent motion Natural Motion – either straight up or straight down, objects would seek out their natural resting places (it was “natural” for heavy things to fall and light things to rise) Violent Motion – imposed motion, result of forces that pushed or pulled The proper state of objects was that of rest.

Aristotle

Copernicus ( A.D.) Because Earth was already in its natural resting place, it could not move (there was no force big enough to move Earth) Copernicus concluded that the only way to make sense of the way the planets move is to assume that Earth and the other planets move around the sun He worked in secret to avoid being persecuted by the church

Copernicus

Galileo The foremost scientist of the late-Renaissance in Italy
Outspoken in his support of Copernicus, later put on trial and confined to house arrest A force is any push or pull Friction – the force that acts between materials that touch as they move past each other If friction were absent, an object would need no force to remain in motion

Galileo

Galileo’s Inclined Planes
Noted that a ball that rolls down an inclined plane picks up speed When the same ball rolls up the inclined plane, it slows down When a ball rolls on a flat horizontal surface, it rolls at near constant velocity Stated that with the absence of friction, the ball would roll forever

Galileo’s Inclined Planes Cont.
If you have two inclined planes face each other, a ball rolled down one plane will reach nearly the same height as it rolls up the other plane He noticed that the ball ended up at the same height, even is the plane was elongated or at a different angle Inertia – the property of a body to resist change (the tendency of a moving body to keep moving and every material object resists change to its state of motion)

Inclined Planes

Newton’s First Law Every object continues in a state of rest, or of motion in a straight line at constant speed, unless it is compelled to change that state by forces exerted upon it. An object will keep doing what it’s already doing Toss an object out the door of the International Space Station, and it will keep moving at the speed you threw it at forever (no friction in space)

Newton’s 1st Law

The Law of Inertia

The Law of Inertia

Pioneer and Voyager After they initially were sent into space, these two spacecraft utilize Newton’s Law of Inertia to move through space They are now cruising outside of our solar system

Mass – A Measure of Inertia
The amount of inertia an object has depends on its mass—which is roughly the amount of material present in the object Mass is NOT volume, the measure of space that an object takes up Mass is NOT weight, the force of gravity on an object Mass is a measure of the inertia that an object exhibits in response to any effort made to start it, stop it, or otherwise change its state of motion Mass and weight may not be the same, but they are proportional to each other Weight = mass x acceleration due to gravity Measured in Newtons (N) A 1-kg bag of nails weighs 9.8 N on the surface of Earth (2.2 lbs.)

Net Force In the absence of a net force, objects do not change their state of motion If you push with equal and opposite forces on opposite sides of an object at rest, it will remain at rest Net Force – the combination of all forces acting on an object We use force diagrams to figure out the net force

Force Diagrams

Equilibrium If only the force of gravity was acting on an object at rest, the object would constantly be in free fall The fact that the object is at rest means that another force must be acting upon it The other force exactly balances out the weight of the object and produces a net force of zero The other force is called the support force, or normal force Equilibrium – the net force on an object is zero

Equilibrium

We can use the same vector addition techniques on forces as we did on velocities! Force, like velocity has a magnitude and a direction For any pair of scales, ropes, or wires supporting a load, the greater the angle from the vertical, the larger the tension force in them The resultant of the tension forces in a rope must be equal and opposite to the load being supported