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Re: Most useful basic equations/reference for FRC/FTC?

More important than all of these equations is knowing how to use them as is the case with just about every equation. Each of these alone is relatively useless if you can't correlate the problem to the equation correctly.

Just a simple example, ∑F=Ma is an incredibly useful formula, but if you don't know how to create a Free Body Diagram that accurately depicts how the forces are acting on the bodies the equation won't get you much further than 1D problems.

That knowledge and understanding takes time and education (self or otherwise), and luckily in this day and age there are a multitude of resources that can help cultivate that knowledge and turn it into a skill.
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Re: Most useful basic equations/reference for FRC/FTC?

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More important than all of these equations is knowing how to use them as is the case with just about every equation. Each of these alone is relatively useless if you can't correlate the problem to the equation correctly.
This includes:
  • Knowing the limits of how and when the calculations are applicable.
  • Knowing what data, and the accuracy of the data, are required to give usable results.
  • Knowing how to develop tests to verify sufficiently throgoughly that the physical system being modeled is performing as required.
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Re: Most useful basic equations/reference for FRC/FTC?

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This includes:
  • Knowing the limits of how and when the calculations are applicable.
  • Knowing what data, and the accuracy of the data, are required to give usable results.
  • Knowing how to develop tests to verify sufficiently throgoughly that the physical system being modeled is performing as required.
Woah, that sounds like a lot of work! You're saying that knowledge of every discipline in FRC can't be boiled down to a single page?

My original post was a joke, but knowing how to derive things from F=ma (ie knowing physics concepts and how they relate) is the far more important part.
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