UNIT 01 - Motion (kinematics)

EXPECTATIONS -- Before we start this unit you should:

  • keep an open mind -- Our physics investigations may be quite different from middle school science labs or other science courses you've had so far
  • be ready to work together -- Scientists and engineers ALWAYS work in teams
  • be VERY comfortable with algebra and ready to rock & roll with trig

UNIT I LEARNING GOALS -- At the conclusion of this part of the unit, I will be able to:

Part I

1) demonstrate understanding of and calculations for an objects' position, displacement, distance, velocity, speed and acceleration in one dimension using appropriate formulae

2)demonstrate understanding of and calculations for an objects' position, displacement, distance, velocity, speed and acceleration by analyzing displacement vs time or velocity vs time graphs

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Part II

3) demonstrate understanding of and calculations for an objects' position, displacement, distance, velocity, speed and acceleration in two dimensions

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UNIT I SKILLS:

At the end of this unit I will be able to:

  • Determine the appropriate number of significant figures in a mathematical expression
  • Demonstrate the appropriate use of sig figs in mathematical calculations
  • Demonstate a mastery of scientific notation (including estimating)
  • Demonstrate use of trigonometry in problem solving
  • Demonstate ability to convert between data types using 'railroad tracks' method

Little Bo Peep Has Lost Her Sheep

and Radar Cannot Find Them

They'll all (face to face)

Meet in parallel Space

Preceding Their Leaders Behind them