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Ch 5: Math for Physics

About This Chapter

Watch this chapter's video lessons to review math concepts important to the field of physics. Strengthen your algebra and trigonometry skills while also refreshing your memory of linear, quadratic and other types of relationships.

Math for Physics - Chapter Summary

There are essential math skills you need to understand certain concepts in physics. If you need to brush up on your math knowledge, check out the fun video lessons in this chapter. You'll study relevant trigonometry and algebra principles. Instructors also discuss mathematical relationships and how to use dimensional analysis to convert units. After viewing the lessons, you should be able to:

  • Understand algebra and trigonometry principles used in physics
  • Recognize the base and derived units of the SI system
  • Solve problems using dimensional analysis
  • Describe linear and direct relationships
  • Explain quadratic and inverse relationships

Our professional instructors use visual aids and step-by-step examples to help you grasp the math concepts that will help you succeed in the study of physics. The videos, which contain tags for easy rewatching, are usually less than 10 minutes long.

In addition, our lessons come with transcripts that often have links to additional text lessons containing related information. You can also quickly gauge your understanding of the chapter material by taking self-assessment lesson quizzes.

6 Lessons in Chapter 5: Math for Physics
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Math Review for Physics: Trigonometry

1. Math Review for Physics: Trigonometry

This lesson reviews some basic trigonometry that is essential for an introductory physics course. Here we'll focus on the various methods for finding side lengths and angle measurements of a right triangle.

Math Review for Physics: Algebra

2. Math Review for Physics: Algebra

There's quite a lot of algebra you need to know to do physics. Here we'll review some of the concepts needed for rearranging equations, working with polynomials, and working with exponents.

Elements of the SI: Base & Derived Units

3. Elements of the SI: Base & Derived Units

Discover what we mean by SI units. Then explore SI units further by learning about all the base units, and several examples of the derived units that make up the system.

Unit Conversion and Dimensional Analysis

4. 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.

Linear & Direct Relationships

5. Linear & Direct Relationships

Learn how to tell when you're dealing with linear and direct relationships and what graphs of these relationships should look like. Then, go further and explore how to interpret the slopes of these graphs.

Quadratic & Inverse Relationships

6. Quadratic & Inverse Relationships

Explore how we tell when two variables are in quadratic or inverse relationships in this lesson. Once you understand the basics, we'll go over a couple of examples where these relationships show up in a physics class.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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