Kinematics
From Physics
Kinematics is the science of the description of motion. In order for us to talk about the causes of motion, one has to be able to communicate precisely the type of motion being observed. We will build this communication starting from the simplest cases and building more complexity. This is a technique, simplifying, then building more complexity, that we will use throughout the year.
A time-lapse photograph of a rolling golf ball is a real-world example of a motion diagram. What can you say about the motion of the ball from the picture? Challenge: approximate the time interval between images.
Topic Summaries and other information
- Motion Diagrams (video)
- Constant Velocity (video)
- Acceleration (link)
- Graphing motion (video)
- Free Fall (applet, video)
- Galileo's Inclined Plane (video)
Conceptual Questions
Handouts
- Assignment Sheet for Kinematics keyed to OpenStax Text and Web Resources
- Learning Objectives for Linear Motion--Keyed to Walker Textbook
- One-dimensional motion hand-outs
- Mr. Jenkins Guide to Plotting
- Mr. Burns' guide to s, v, a vs. t plots
- Mr. Burns' area under v vs. t plots (Galileo's Law)
- W 0.00 Motion Diagram Practice Worksheet
- W 0.01 Intro to motion diagrams with plotting KEY
- W 1.00 Linear Motion Constant Speed Problems (no key)
- W 1.01 Sketches of position, speed and acceleration v. time graphs KEY
- W 1.02 Intro to position, speed, and acceleration graphs KEY
- W 1.03A Linear Motion Graphing A KEY
- W 1.03B Linear Motion Graphing B KEY
- W 1.03C Linear Motion Graphing C KEY
- W 1.03D Linear Motion Graphing D KEY
- W 1.04 Integer Counting Problem Worksheets KEY
- W 1.04A Counting Problems with Key
- W 1.05 Constant/Average Speed Kinematic Problems KEY
- W 1.05B Algebra-based acceleration problems with Key
- W 1.06 Constant velocity algebra problems KEY
- W 1.07 Conceptual and algebraic problems on velocity and acceleration KEY
- Free Fall Problem handouts
- W 1.08A Vertical Cliff Problems AKEY
- W 1.08B Vertical Cliff Problems BKEY
- W 1.08C Vertical Cliff Problems CKEY
- W 1.08D Vertical Cliff Problems DKEY (numbers are not clean)
- W 1.09 Vertical Free Fall Problems with key
- W 1.10 Mostly Integer Free Fall Problems with key
- Honors Worksheets
- W 1.10.5-H Window Problem
- W 1.11-H Passenger Train problem with partial key
- W 1.12-H Linear Motion 2-can problem
- W 1.13-H 2 Ball Problems
- W 1.14-H Linear Motion Word Problems