Physics: The Beginning Concepts

Reference: Course on Subject Clearing

This is a Key Word List and Glossary for the beginning of Physics.


Key Word List

Physics, Science, Know, Able, Knowledge, Physical, Material, Observation, Experimentation, Matter, Substance, Energy, Motion, Force, Body, Mass, System



Origin: “pertaining to nature.” Physics is the science that deals with matter, energy, motion, and force.

Origin: “to know.” Science is systematic knowledge of the physical or material world gained through observation and experimentation.

Origin: “be able to.” To know is to apprehend clearly and with certainty.

Origin: “to have, hold.” To have necessary power, skill, resources, or qualifications.

Origin: “to know.” Knowledge is acquaintance with facts, truths, or principles, as from study or investigation.

Origin: “pertaining to nature.” Physical indicates connected with, pertaining to that which is material.

Origin: “belonging to matter.” Material pertains to the substance or substances of which a thing is made or composed.

Origin: “to watch, regard, attend to.” To observe is to regard with attention, especially so as to see or learn something. You can observe only that which has impact on your senses.

Origin: “to try, test.” To experiment is to try or test, especially in order to discover or prove something.

Origin: “woody part of a tree.” Matter is the substance or substances of which any physical object consists or is composed.

Origin: “That which stands under.” Something that can be felt as being substantial. In Physics, a substance is something that can have impact.

Origin: “to be active.” Energy is the capacity for vigorous activity; available power. The substance of light is called energy because of its extreme speed.

Origin: “to move.” Motion is the action or process of moving or of changing place or position.

Origin: “strong.” Force is an influence on a body or system, producing or tending to produce a change in movement or in shape or other effects.

Body is any mass, especially one considered as a whole.

Origin: “barley cake.” Mass is the quantity of matter as determined from its weight or from Newton’s second law of motion. 

Origin: “that stands together.” In physics, system refers to a physical structure considered as a whole.


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