Introduction: Physics : Learn Physics the Fastest Way

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Being a A+ student in Physics in my college didn't come from anywhere but my own strategy and hard work. During my basic physics classes i was bored and seemed a miss step in my career but then i found a easy way , a secret method actually to like, love and get the most in physics. So here i am to help you get started with physics and become a A+ student at it. Also for the secret, its somewhere in the texts beyond.

Physics :

It is what help us to understand our world better and to use this understanding for the benefits of people and environment. It involves the wide range of ideas and areas of investigations. It plays and important part in the the home, leisure, medicine and communication.
As with science it involves observations and experiments which are used to discover the relationship between things.

Who are the physicist ?
They try to make sense of relationships by developing theories and models. These theories are able to predict further behavior which can then be tested by experiments.

Physical quantities / Metric system

Note: Some people may think physics is really hard and confusing , that's right it is and that's what i still think, but remember its like a challenge and you need to refer this to real life situations and fight it to beat it. Just think it as a video game where you have evil bosses as formulas and equations and you are the ultimate formula killer etc.... have fun with something and you will learn. You know how i used to study ? . Well basically i wrote down a couple of problems in each A4 paper and then act as i am a super genius that is sent to earth to crack the most difficult equation. Then i used to make sounds say words and then solve and fall asleep. the next morning when it was exam time and the same kind of question appeared i was like " wow , it's time for super genius kid" hahah...sounds funny no ? ...but guess what i scored 20/20 in that exam , see what i mean ?...

System international Units - It is the standard system of units to measure all physical quantities , in other words the units in which the answer you write is gonna be in.

Length - Meter (m)
Mass - kilograms (kg)
Time - Seconds (s)
current - Ampere (a)
Temperature - kelvin (K)
Intensity - Candela (Cd)
Amount of substance - Mole (Mol)

Standard Prefix Multiplier

Tera - 10 * 12 ( * = power of)
Giga - 10 * 9
Mega - 10*6
Kilo - 10* 3
Centi - 10*-2
Milli - 10*-3
Micro- 10*-6
Nano - 10*-9
Pico - 10*-12
Peta - 10 *15
Femto - 10* -15

Exapmle 1 :

10 pM ----> M

10 x 10 * -12 m = This how you convert Pico Meter to Meter

Step 1: Length

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It is some thing we have learned in junior college or secondary schools, In physics definition it is the distance from one point to another , take a look at the diagram to get a feeling of what ii am talking about. To find length we basically measure with a ruler , a meter ruler, and ever if it's really long use a Mileometer. That's basically really easy and you don't need much to understand here.


it is the amount of surface for an object. For regular shapes we use formula for each shape and for irregular shapes we use grids and the count out the number of grids inside the figure. Thats the final area of that shape.

It is the amount of space a object takes up. The volume of regular objects are calculated by using formula's and of irregular are is found by displacement of water.

Some example of formula's to calculate volume are :

Cube - l2
Cuboid - L x w x h
Prism - Base area x height
Cylinder - TTr2 x height
Cone - 1/3 TTr2 x height
Pyramid - 1/3 base area x height
Sphere - 4/3 TTr3

Volume of irregular object

The volume of irregular objects can be found by using displacement method, for smaller objects a cylinder can be used but for larger objects we use a special equipment called the Eureka Can.


Experiment time.

Get a old cylinder can like a tin or a measuring cylinder if you have one. Choose the different types of objects you wanna find the volume of and then fill the cylinder with water of about 250 ml or 150 ml. Place the object in the water and then note down the new volume reading on the cylinder.

Formula = Final Measuring - Initial measuring

your new measure - 250 or 150
explore more ways and try to make your own formula to find other ways to find volumes of objects.

Step 2: Mass and Weight

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Mass and weight are something which are always confused with people. Mass is the quantity of matter in an object while the weight refers to the gravitational pull on that object. Some one asks you what is you weight ? you would answer " weight is 71 kg ", say that to a physics teacher or someone who knows it and they would laugh at you. Why ? because That means your 7.1 heavy or kg. Now let me explain. Mass never change and if your mass is 71 kilograms then the weight is basically your mass multiplied by the gravity (10) which gives you the actual weight on earth. So that means even if you are on the moon you would use the mass on earth which is 71 kilograms multiplied by the moons gravity.


Is how much Matter is in an object. It depends on the object size and the material it is made up of. Unit is in Kilograms (Kg). remember mass never changes , so if your mass on earth is 710 N and on moon will mass the same 710 N.

It is the gravitational pull on an object it is depended on the objects size and what it is made up of. Basically it means how much the power is used by the earths magnet to pull you. Units is Newtons (N).

To calculate weight :

W = Mass x Gravity pull where Gravity is = 10m/s2

So next time when someone ask you weight tell them that it's 710 or whatever Newtons and they will be shocked wondering what that it and how them that you know physic.

Step 3: Significant Figures

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Rules of Significant figures

1. All zero digits placed in between non- zero digits are significant figures.
e.g - 101 - 3 s.f

2. All non- zero digits are significant
e.g - 1234 - 4 s.f

3. Zero placed after decimal place and before non zero digit are not significant.
e.g. - 0.01 - 1 s.f

4. Zeros placed after non zero digit behind the decimal points are significant.
e.g - 0.010048 - 5 s.f

5. Zeros at the end of a number are significant only if they are indicated to be so through the use of scientific notation.
e.g - 8200 - may have different significant figures.

(i) 8.2 x103 = 2 s.f

Step 4: See You in Part 2

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Ok ,this is the end of chapter one of this instructable but i will be back with chapter 2. I hope you have learned some tricks and tips on physics and some basic skills of physics. Next instructables will be more in depth with measurement errors, different types of measuring instruments, Drawing graphs etc. Until then please rate the instructable only at


AvantikaT (author)2015-09-15

I love it :)

BubbaMagic457 (author)2015-04-02

I loved the lessons. Great Job! Very helpful

JohnT15 (author)2015-01-31

Loved the lessons so far. Great job.

JohnT15 (author)2015-01-31

Loved the lessons so far. Great job.

JackF4 (author)2014-11-03

better grammar would be appreciated, but very helpful thank you :)

JohnT15 (author)JackF42015-01-31

you tell em JACK4U. yea upgrade that gram yo, you know all the little future dopeslingers, i meant dopple ganger, sorry no backspace, wait a minute where am i? you leave me and my kin alone ya hear i wouldve put a period but i hit backspace on accident. oh well.

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nataly.carbonell.75 (author)2014-10-24

Aww will there be more?

I'm loving it so far!

thanks ^_^

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easy understanding

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karossii (author)2009-03-31

Good 'ible overall; one little nitpick after a brief read through - the standard for distance is meters, not kilometers; kilo is one of the prefixes you have listed. Also, here in America the standard units aren't metric. They are used by some, but not universally accepted - so you may wish to make mention of that. I guess that was two nitpicks rolled into one. 8o)

karossii (author)karossii2009-03-31

wow, I screwed up in picking nits, lol. You have meters/kilometers right, it was grams/kilograms you got wrong. the 'standard' is a gram, not a kilogram. kilo is (as you mentioned) a prefix.

PKM (author)karossii2009-03-31

Ditto Karel Jansens, the kilogram is the standard unit. There's probably some hilarious historical reason why that is, but unless you are using cgs (centimetres/grams/seconds), a non-SI metric system, the standard mass is the kilogram.

lemonie (author)PKM2009-03-31

I think the historical reason is a lump of metal somewhere in mainland Europe. Being an old thing, I guess that being able to achieve a higher accuracy measuring 1000g over 1g may have been part of it? L

shannonlove (author)lemonie2013-03-10

A kilogram is 1000 cubic centimeters (cubic decimeter) of water. The centimeter is in turn 100th of a meter. A meter is one ten million of the distance to from the equator of earth...

In theory...

...but owing to measurement error and one of science's epic personality feuds, it's actually way off to point of being arbitrary. 

All measurement is really the linking of the degree or scale of one natural phenomena to another e.g. time is linked to the motion of astronomical bodies. 

PKM (author)lemonie2009-04-01

Well the SI mass has to fit in with the metre and second, both of which (AFAIK) have historical roots beyond the kilogram. The puzzling bit is why the base unit isn't called a gram, but I think the gram existed in its more-or-less present definition (1cm3 of water) before SI was around. It's actually an interesting bit of history.

Karel Jansens (author)karossii2009-03-31

I think you'll find that the standard of mass is indeed the kilogram, and not the gram. In fact, the actual standard is the physical reference kilogram they keep in France somewhere (Sèvres?).

arylic (author)Karel Jansens2009-03-31

Yeah Kilogram is it, at least what we use in Fiji and Britain.

arylic (author)karossii2009-03-31

Karosi, kilogram is the (SI) unit. Read below comment.

lemonie (author)karossii2009-03-31

Standard scientific units are SI in the US, at least if you're publishing in a decent journal.


arylic (author)lemonie2009-03-31

Yeah thats what i mean, Standard international units (si)

arylic (author)karossii2009-03-31

oops look like a error, sorry for that ill get to it. Thanks for the advice anyways.

krkangel (author)2012-12-21

I'm not trying to be a priss or anything but I think he is trying to write it out so young teens nowadays can understand it. I am 13 and I never heard of physics yet, but I think I'm getting a hang of it because I understand him. The way you said how he should of said it confused me. So I think it's fine just the way it is. I had to make a stupid account just for that!

PKM (author)2009-03-31

<constructive criticism>
The concepts you are explaining are sdound and it looks like you understand the material, but to be honest your sentence structure and the general layout of this information is a mess. Try to write fewer run-on sentences- constrain a sentence to a conveying a single idea, and start a new paragraph when you change topic. (And yes, I know I'm terrible at overusing hyphens when I should break sentences; it's a terrible habit.)

For instance:
you would answer weight is 71 kg , say that to a physics teacher or someone who knows it and they would laugh at you. Why ? because That means your 7.1 heavy or kg.
I am totally familiar with the concept of weight and mass and I can't follow this sentence. You also say "if your mass on earth is 710 N and on moon will mass the same 710 N." while explaining how Newtons measure weight (which changes with gravity) and kilograms measure mass, which doesn't.

You wrote
(Weight) is the gravitational pull on an object it is depended on the objects size and what it is made up of. Basically it means how much the power is used by the earths magnet to pull you. Units is Newtons (N).

Weight is the force exerted on an object due to gravity. Weight, like any other force, is measured in Newtons (N). An object's weight depends on the object's mass and the value of gravity (10 Newtons per kilogram on Earth)

The "earth's magnet" part could be a useful analogy, though I'm not sure about that either, but here it's just confusing the matter (no pun intended).

While I appreciate the idea behind this Instructable, I don't think it will really help anyone who doesn't already know the subject. It could be good if rewritten in a more clear style, but as it is will probably just confuse people.
</constructive criticism>

arylic (author)PKM2009-03-31

Thanks for your great review Pkm , i am glad for your great response. Since this is my first try at a documentary and detailed guide i would be updating it with your advices. Thanks again.

a_traceur (author)arylic2009-10-06

It's My Beutiful Newtons. That makes me happy!

whatsisface (author)2009-03-31

There is no way you can ever post ANYTHING physics related on the internet and not get nitpicked to hell for it, unless you have a degree in it. Even then, it's pretty hard.

arylic (author)whatsisface2009-03-31

What are you trying to say ?

whatsisface (author)arylic2009-03-31

Good question.

arylic (author)whatsisface2009-03-31

Oh, now i understand you mean that my instructable will get criticisms ? until i have a degree. I must say you are wrong. I don't need a degree , i have personal experience and knowledge to share my skills with you .

arylic (author)2009-03-31

Thanks for the feed backs, more coming up soon. Since i wanna make them into a series ill try to improve this one first then move to part 2.

jdege (author)2009-03-31

I am building a workbench. (And will put up an instructable when I'm done.) I'm using an Ikea oak countertop, and while carrying it into the house, I dropped it on my foot. Physics, I think, I have a pretty solid understanding of.

arylic (author)jdege2009-03-31

MM...yeah physics is everywhere from walking to talking to anything.

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