Isolated Systems in Physics: Definition and Examples


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What is the difference between a system and an isolated system?

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1. If you push a heavy box across a room is it an isolated system?

2. Which best describes an isolated system?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

To pass this quiz on the characteristics of isolated systems, you'll have to know how to interpret several examples, including a kicked football, billiard balls, and the movement of a car.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These resources will test your knowledge of:

  • Definition of an isolated system
  • If kicking a football is an isolated system
  • Characteristics of isolated systems
  • Friction acting upon two billiard balls
  • Why a car doesn't move when pushed from inside

Skills Practiced

Students will have the chance to use these skills:

  • Interpreting information - verify you can read information regarding why a car doesn't move when pushed from inside and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the characteristics of isolated systems
  • Defining key concepts - ensure you can accurately describe what an isolated system is

Additional Learning

To find out more on this subject, review the corresponding lesson calleld Isolated Systems in Physics: Definition and Examples. This lesson will help you:

  • Understand what a system is
  • Identify the importance of energy in an isolated system
  • Learn whether a system is isolated or not
  • Explain how two crashing cars could be considered such a system