Friday, 18 November 2005

Fisika SMA

Ada Apa Dengan Fisika?

Pengalaman Belajar Fisika di SMAN BI 1 Banjar

Belajar di Sekolah Bertaraf Internasional

To better understand the science of propulsion it is necessary to use some mathematical ideas from vector analysis. Most people are introduced to vectors in high school or college, but for the elementary and middle school students, or the mathematically-challenged:


There are many complex parts to vector analysis and we aren't going there. We are going to limit ourselves to the very basics. Vectors allow us to look at complex, multi-dimensional problems as a simpler group of one-dimensional problems. We will be concerned mostly with definitions The words are a bit strange, but the ideas are very powerful as you will see.

Math and science were invented by humans to describe and understand the world around us. We live in a (at least) four-dimensional world governed by the passing of time and three space dimensions; up and down, left and right, and back and forth. We observe that there are some quantities and processes in our world that depend on the direction in which they occur, and there are some quantities that do not depend on direction.

For example, the volume of an object, the three-dimensional space that an object occupies, does not depend on direction. If we have a 5 cubic foot block of iron and we move it up and down and then left and right, we still have a 5 cubic foot block of iron.

On the other hand, the location, of an object does depend on direction. If we move the 5 cubic foot block 5 miles to the north, the resulting location is very different than if we moved it 5 miles to the east. Mathematicians and scientists call a quantity which depends on direction a vector quantity.

A quantity which does not depend on direction is called a scalar quantity.