This post contains all the important formulas that you need for GCE O Level Physics. (Equivalent to American High School Diploma) If you do not recognise any of the formulas listed here, you should go review the respective topic. For definitions, please visit All Definitions Needed For O Level.

Physical quantity | Base SI unit |
---|---|

Mass (m) | Kilogram (Kg) |

Length ($l$) | Metre (m) |

Time (t) | Second (s) |

Current ($\text{I}$) | Ampere (A) |

Temperature (T) | Kelvin (K) |

Amount of sub. (n) | Molar (mol) |

Luminous Intensity (L) | Candela (cd) |

Number | Prefix | Number | Prefix |
---|---|---|---|

$10^{-9}$ | nano (n) | $10^{-1}$ | deci (d) |

$10^{-6}$ | micro ($\mu$) | $10^{3}$ | Kilo (K) |

$10^{-3}$ | milli (m) | $10^{6}$ | Mega (M) |

$10^{-2}$ | centi (c) | $10^{9}$ | Giga (G) |

$$\text{Reading without zero error} = \text{Reading Obtained}-\text{Zero Error}$$

Average Speed, $s = \frac{\Delta d}{\Delta t}$, d is distance travelled

Average Velocity, $v = \frac{\Delta x}{\Delta t}$, x is displacement

Acceleration, $a = \frac{\Delta v}{\Delta t}$

$v = u + at$

$x = ut + \frac{1}{2} a t^{2}$

$v^{2} = u^{2} + 2 ax$

$v_{free \, fall} = \sqrt{2 gh}$

$s = \frac{1}{2} \left( u + v \right) t$

**Forces and Turning effect of Force**

Newton’s First Law: A body continues to stay in its state of rest or uniform motion in a straight line as long as there is no net force acting on the body.

Newton’s Second Law: The acceleration of an object is directly proportional to the net force acting on it and inversely proportional to its mass.

Newton’s Third Law: For every force object A acts on object B, object B will exert an equal and opposite force on object A giving rise to reaction force.

$M = Fd$, M = moment, d = perpendicular dist. from force to pivot

Principle of moment: sum of anti-clockwise moment = sum of clockwise moment. $\rightarrow$ rotational equilibrium.

$w = mg$

$\rho = \frac{m}{V}$

$P = \frac{F}{A}$

$P_{fluid} = h \rho g$

Hydraulic press: $\frac{F_{1}}{A_{1}} = \frac{F_{2}}{A_{2}}$

Boyles’ law: $P_{1}V_{1} = P_{2}V_{2}$

$W = Fd$

$P = \frac{W}{t} = Fv$

$E_{k} = \frac{1}{2} m v^{2}$

$E_{g} = mgh$, g = 9.81 $m \, s^{-2}$

Conservation of energy: Initial energy = final energy

$PV \propto T$

$P_{1}V_{1} = P_{2} V_{2}$

$E = m c \Delta T$

$E_{fusion} = m L_{fusion}$

$E_{vap.} = m L_{vap.}$

Temperature can be measured using the following methods:

- Expansion of fixed mass of liquid
- Changes in resistance of a piece of metal
- Expansion of gas at constant pressure

Why is there constant temperature during melting?

- During melting, heat energy is used to weaken the attraction between the solid particles and not used to increase the kinetic energy of the particles.

**Waves, Reflection and Refraction of light, Converging lens, Electromagnetic Spectrum, Sound**

$v = f \lambda$

$f = \frac{1}{T}$

Law of reflection: $\theta_{i} = \theta_{r}$

Snell’s Law: $n_{1} \sin{\theta_{1}} = n_{2} \sin{\theta_{2}}$

Refractive index: $n = \frac{c}{v}$

Denser to less dense medium: Light ray bends away from normal

Less dense to denser medium: Bends towards normal

$$1 < n \left( \lambda_{\text{red}} \right) < n \left( \lambda_{\text{green}} \right) < n \left( \lambda_{\text{blue}} \right)$$

Critical angle: $\sin{\theta_{c}} = \frac{n_{2}}{n_{1}}$, $n_{2}$ is smaller than $n_{1}$

Magnification: $M = \frac{h_{i}}{h_{o}} = \frac{d_{i}}{d_{o}}$

**Note:**

- An image that is real is always inverted!
- An image that is virtual is always upright!

When a water wave moves from deep to shallow,

- wavelength become shorter
- Frequency remains the same (Freq. of water wave only depends on SOURCE)
- Speed becomes slower

Factors that affect speed of sound

- Temperature – Higher temperature = higher speed of sound
- Medium – The denser the medium, the higher the speed of sound
- Humidity – Sound travels faster in higher humidity conditions

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