The Department of Energy Fundamentals Handbook entitled Classical Physics was prepared as an information resource for personnel who are responsible for the operation of the Department's nuclear facilities. A basic understanding of classical physics is necessary for DOE nuclear facility operators, maintenance personnel, and the technical staff to safely operate and maintain the facility and facility support systems. The information in the handbook is presented to provide a foundation for applying engineering concepts to the job. This knowledge will help personnel more fully understand the impact that their actions may have on the safe and reliable operation of facility components and systems.
The Classical Physics handbook consists of five modules that are contained in one volume. The following is a brief description of the information presented in each module of the handbook.
• Module 1 - Unit Systems
This module presents the concept of unit systems for the fundamental dimensions of mass, length, and time used in physics. Additionally, derivation of units and the conversion of these units is presented.
• Module 2 - Vectors
This module contains information to aid in the determination of the net effect of various forces on an object and includes graphing vectors, adding vectors, and determining component vectors of a resultant vector.
• Module 3 - Force and Motion
This module presents Newton's Laws of force and motion.
• Module 4 - Application of Newton's Law.
This module describes the effect of static and dynamic forces on objects and includes a discussion of the forces commonly encountered in a nuclear facility.
• Module 5 - Energy,Work, and Power
This module defines energy, work, and power, identifies their various forms, and discusses the conservation of energy, work, and power including the measurement and calculation of each.
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The Classical Physics Fundamentals Handbook was developed to assist nuclear facility operating contractors provide operators, maintenance personnel, and the technical staff with the necessary fundamentals training to ensure a basic understanding of physical forces and their properties. The handbook includes information on the units used to measure physical properties; vectors, and how they are used to show the net effect of various forces; Newton's Laws of motion, and how to use these laws in force and motion applications; and the concepts of energy, work, and power, and how to measure and calculate the energy involved in various applications. This information will provide personnel with a foundation for understanding the basic operation of various types of DOE nuclear facility systems and equipment.