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Mathematics Review

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Scientific Notation Very important for physics class. –Pay attention! Allows us to write very large or very small numbers in a more compact form.

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Scientific Notation Example:3.75 X 10 5 Numbers in scientific notation have three parts: –Coefficient –Base –Exponent Coefficient Base Exponent

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Coefficient The coefficient must be between 1 and 9.999999… Move the decimal right or left until the coefficient is in the correct range. –Keep only significant digits (more on this later). Remember how many places you moved the decimal!

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Base We always use 10 as the base in scientific notation.

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Exponent Indicates how many places the decimal was moved. To change from scientific to standard notation, move the decimal: –to the right if the exponent is positive –to the left if the exponent is negative Like a number line: Hint: a number in scientific notation with a negative exponent is a small number, and one with a positive exponent is a big number.

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Scientific Notation Practice Convert to scientific notation: –125000 1.25 X 10 5 –315.2 3.152 X 10 2 –0.00634 6.34 X 10 -3 –0.000000774 7.74 X 10 -7

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Scientific Notation Practice Convert to standard notation: –3.12 X 10 7 31200000 –5.6 X 10 2 560 –7.41 X 10 -4 0.000741 –9.34 X 10 -8 0.0000000934

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Significant Digits To be honest: Your understanding of significant digits will not be tested on the Physics Regents… …But I think you should understand it anyway! There are 4 rules for significant digits.

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Significant Digits Rule #1 ALL non-zero digits are significant (they count). 934 (3 significant digits) 227538 (6 significant digits)

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Significant Digits Rule #2 All zeroes between non-zero digits are significant (they count) 307 (3 significant digits) 10108 (5 significant digits)

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Significant Digits Rule #3 Trailing zeros (those at the end) are significant only if the number contains a decimal point; otherwise they are insignificant (they don’t count). 1.34500 (6 significant digits) 650.0 (4 significant digits) 650 (2 significant digits)

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Significant Digits Rule #4 Zeros to left of the first nonzero digit are insignificant (they don’t count); they are only placeholders! 0.563 (3 significant digits) 0.0563 (3 significant digits) 0.0000000000000000000563 (3 significant digits)

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Significant Digits Practice How many significant digits? –120700 4 –0.00318 3 –9.00340 6 –1.0000 5

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Algebraic Solutions Sometimes it is useful to solve an equation for the important variable BEFORE you plug in the numbers. There aren’t specific rules for this, you just need to practice.

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Algebraic Solutions Practice Solve for “x” in terms of “a” “b” and “c”: –c = x + 3 x = c - 3 –b = ax x = b/a –a = bx +c x = (a – c)/b –b 3 = 2x 2 + c x = √ ((b 3 – c)/2)

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Measuring Metric Ruler / Meter Stick –NEVER FEET & INCHES!!! 1 meter = 100 cm = 1000 mm 1 cm = 10 mm

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Measuring When using a meter stick, 1 stick = 1 meter (duh). On metric rulers or meter sticks the long lines mark centimeters and the short lines mark millimeters. –Usually the line marking every 5 th millimeter is slightly longer. Centimeter Millimeter5 th Millimeter

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Measuring Angles Line up your protractor as shown. Use your knowledge of geometry to decide which scale to use. –For acute angles use the smaller number; for obtuse angles use the larger number.

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Graphing How to graph: –1. Review your data. Distance (m) Time (s) 11 32 43 64 85

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Graphing How to graph: –2. Label axes and scales. Include units in axis label. Always start scale at zero. Time always goes on the x-axis Distance (m) Time (s) 11 32 43 64 85 Distance (m) 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

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Graphing How to graph: –3. Plot data Distance (m) Time (s) 11 32 43 64 85 Distance (m) 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

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Graphing How to graph: –4. Draw a line of best fit. Do NOT connect the dots! One line that comes close to all data points. Distance (m) Time (s) 11 32 43 64 85 Distance (m) 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

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Graphing How to graph: –5. If asked, find slope. Pick two points on best fit line. Do NOT pick data points unless they actually fall on the best line. Slope = ¢y / ¢x We’ll use (1.5s, 2m) and (3.5s, 5m). Slope = (5m-2m)/(3.5s- 1.5s) Slope = 3m / 2s = 1.5 m/s Time (s) Distance (m) 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

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