What Is Inertia?

What Is Inertia?

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  • At St. Pius X High School, the day is going by normally for many students.Today in physics, Dr. Bilaniuk is always teaching her students that physics is fun. Well, she thinks so.
  • Ugh, not physics again, I can't afford another bad mark in that class...
  • Today, class, we will learn about Newton's 1st Law and the concept of Inertia.
  • Definition of Inertia Newton's 1st Law states that...
  • An object at rest will stay at rest, forever, unless something pushes it. An object in motion will stay in motion, traveling in a straight line, forever, until something pushes it.
  • Inertia is the tendency of an object to resist changes to its state of motion. This directly relates to Newton's 1st Law.
  • Some examples of inertia in real life include coffee being stirred. It will stay in motion even if you stop stirring.
  • Or, when a car starts moving, passengers may feel like their bodies are moving backward. Inertia is making the body stay put as the car moves forward.
  • DAD! Don't go so fast!!
  • HOMEWORK Problem Sets x3 Test Tomorrow
  • Now, I want you to complete the three problem sets I gave you. All due tomorrow. You also have a test tomorrow.
  • I wish I had the tendency to resist falling behind in this class...
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