About This Chapter
FTCE Physics: Mathematics of Physics - Chapter Summary
Improve your comprehension of the mathematics of physics with the video lessons in this chapter. These lessons address the following topics to support your success with related questions on the FTCE:
- Developing familiarity with the metric system, unit conversions, and standard units of measure
- Using scientific notation and significant figures
- Working with Riemann Sums
- Calculating slope and tangents
- Understanding products of and how to combine vectors
In these tutorials, instructors provide explanations and salient examples to support your preparation for the physics FTCE. Each lesson is equipped with topic delineations and a lesson summary to make the information easier to assimilate and help enhance your FTCE performance.
FTCE Physics: Mathematics of Physics Objectives
The FTCE Physics exam is designed to evaluate your readiness to be certified to teach physics in the state of Florida. Approximately 8% of the exam deals with the mathematics of physics. The video lessons in this chapter all contain self-administered quizzes that let you test your understanding of the material and become familiar with the kinds of questions you'll find on the exam itself.
The physics FTCE contains about 90 multiple-choice questions that may ask you to find the answer to a problem, determine the most appropriate course of action in response to a given scenario, or interpret information from a chart or other graphic. The use of scientific calculators provided by the testing center is allowed.
1. The Metric System: Units and Conversion
Just like you and your friend communicate using the same language, scientists all over the world need to use the same language when reporting the measurements they make. This language is called the metric system. In this lesson we will cover the metric units for length, mass, volume, density and temperature, and also discuss how to convert among them.
2. Unit Conversion and Dimensional Analysis
How is solving a chemistry problem like playing dominoes? Watch this lesson to find out how you can use your domino skills to solve almost any chemistry problem.
3. Significant Figures and Scientific Notation
Are 7.5 grams and 7.50 grams the same? How do scientists represent very large and very small quantities? Find out the answers to these questions in this video.
4. How to Use Riemann Sums for Functions and Graphs
Find out how Riemann sums can be used to calculate multiple areas efficiently. In this lesson, you'll learn how this can come in handy for irregular areas and how you can put it to use.
5. How to Identify and Draw Left, Right and Middle Riemann Sums
To overestimate or underestimate? In this lesson, you will draw Riemann rectangles so the right side, left side or middle of the rectangle hits the curve.
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