**HONORS PS 1500 - PHYSICS IN THE PLAYS OF TOM STOPPARD**

**Review for Exam #1 (Physics)**

scientific method

Plato's Allegory of the Cave

celestial sphere

diurnal (daily) rotation of the celestial sphere

retrograde motion of a planet

Aristotle's four prime substances of the sublunar (Earthly) world

Aristotle's fifth substance (ether or quintessense) of the astronomical (heavenly) world

Prime Mover

Ptolemy's geocentric model

uniform (constant speed) circular motion

epicycle

deferent

the Library at Alexandria

Hypatia

monkeys typing *Hamlet*

Copernicus' heliocentric model

Giordano Bruno

Tycho Brahe - not including his model of the solar system

Galileo Galilei and his discoveries with his telescope

Kepler's three laws of planetary motion

ellipse

period of an orbit

Aristotle's four types of motion

"nature abhors a vacuum"

uniform motion (constant speed) - not including the graphs

accelerated motion (speeding up, slowing down, changing direction) - not including the graphs

uniformly accelerated motion (constant acceleration)

Galileo and his experiments with falling bodies

Aristotle *vs.* Galileo on horizontal motion

Galileo and projectile motion

inductive and deductive logic

René Descartes

scalars and vectors - not including the addition of vectors

speed (a scalar) and velocity (a vector)

Isaac Newton and his discoveries

inertia

mass

momentum

force

centripetal (center-seeking) force

Newton's three laws of motion (in words)

Newton's universal law of gravitation

discovery of Uranus and Neptune

determinism (clockwork universe)

free will

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