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Ch 01: Intro to Physics; Units
Ch 02: 1D Motion / Kinematics
Ch 03: Vectors
Ch 04: 2D Kinematics
Ch 05: Projectile Motion
Ch 06: Intro to Forces (Dynamics)
Ch 07: Friction, Inclines, Systems
Ch 08: Centripetal Forces & Gravitation
Ch 09: Work & Energy
Ch 10: Conservation of Energy
Ch 11: Momentum & Impulse
Ch 12: Rotational Kinematics
Ch 13: Rotational Inertia & Energy
Ch 14: Torque & Rotational Dynamics
Ch 15: Rotational Equilibrium
Ch 16: Angular Momentum
Ch 17: Periodic Motion
Ch 19: Waves & Sound
Ch 20: Fluid Mechanics
Ch 21: Heat and Temperature
Ch 22: Kinetic Theory of Ideal Gasses
Ch 23: The First Law of Thermodynamics
Ch 24: The Second Law of Thermodynamics
Ch 25: Electric Force & Field; Gauss' Law
Ch 26: Electric Potential
Ch 27: Capacitors & Dielectrics
Ch 28: Resistors & DC Circuits
Ch 29: Magnetic Fields and Forces
Ch 30: Sources of Magnetic Field
Ch 31: Induction and Inductance
Ch 32: Alternating Current
Ch 33: Electromagnetic Waves
Ch 34: Geometric Optics
Ch 35: Wave Optics
Ch 37: Special Relativity
Ch 38: Particle-Wave Duality
Ch 39: Atomic Structure
Ch 40: Nuclear Physics
Ch 41: Quantum Mechanics
Uniform Circular Motion
Centripetal Forces
Newton's Law of Gravity
Gravitational Forces in 2D
Acceleration Due to Gravity
Satellite Motion: Intro
Satellite Motion: Speed & Period
Geosynchronous Orbits
Overview of Kepler's Laws
Kepler's First Law
Kepler's Third Law

Concept #1: Satellite Speed

Practice: Suppose that you used some geometry and kinematics to estimate that the Earth goes around the Sun with an orbital speed of approximately 30,000 m/s (60,000 mph), and that the Sun is approximately 150 million kilometers away from the Earth. Use this information to estimate the mass of the Sun.

Example #1: Find speed of second satellite, given speed of first

Practice: You throw a baseball horizontally while on the surface of a small, spherical asteroid of mass 7×1016 kg and diameter of 22km. What is the minimum speed so that it just barely goes around the asteroid without hitting anything?

Concept #2: Satellite Period

Practice: A satellite orbits at an orbital period of 2 hours around the Moon. What is the satellite’s orbital altitude?

Example #2: Find mass of planet, given moon speed and period

Practice: A distant planet orbits a star 3 times the mass of our Sun. This planet of mass 8×1026 kg feels a gravitational force of 2×1026 N. What is this planet’s orbital speed and how long does it take to orbit once?