Kinematics

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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.

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