Overview

This page provides resources that will help you succeed with one dimensional motion concepts. This is the first unit in physics where you are exposed to a great deal of math concepts. Throughout this unit you will develop new ways to link math and science concepts. This will set you up to be successful for the remainder of the year, so it is critical that you have a decent understanding of this unit! Please review the content on this page as it is added and come in for additional help as often as you need to in order to feel confident in your understanding of 1-D motion!

1-D Motion Objectives

By the end of the 1-D motion unit, you should be able to complete the following objectives:

1. Define, distinguish, and use correctly the following kinematics terms: distance, displacement, speed, velocity, acceleration, rate, scalar, vector, average speed and average velocity, instantaneous speed and instantaneous velocity, relative motion
2. Solve conceptual/numerical/relationship problems involving objects having constant velocity or speed.
3. Solve conceptual/numerical/relationship problems involving objects having constant non zero acceleration.
4. Calculate, identify, and interpret unknown quantities given a position-time graph.
5. Calculate, identify, and interpret unknown quantities given a velocity-time graph.
6. Calculate, identify, and interpret unknown quantities given an acceleration-time graph.
7. Given the shape of a displacement/velocity/acceleration graph, redraw the same motion on a different type of graph.

Physics is sometimes thought of as a difficult subject. The truth is, it will be difficult if you fall behind or do not have the basic knowledge in order to be successful. Once you have knowledge of topics in physics, you can easily solve problems and understand given situations. To gain this knowledge, you will have to be attentive and self-directed in class, but also be able to read outside of class as well. Readings in physics are critical to understanding the material, so please keep up to date! This cannot be stressed enough!

Main goal:

Be able to collect data experimentally to derive the formula for velocity. (1.1-1.2)

Class Agenda:

1. Discuss lab practical results
2. Discuss the major components necessary to determine velocity of an object in constant steady motion.
3. Conduct the "Buggy Lab" - conduct a lab to determine the velocity of a constant velocity buggy.
4. Graph and analyze collected data to derive the formula for average velocity.

Homework:

1. Complete the "Buggy Lab"

Main goal:

Define, distinguish, and use correctly the following kinematics terms: distance, displacement, speed, velocity, acceleration, rate, scalar, vector, average speed and average velocity, instantaneous speed and instantaneous velocity, relative motion. (1.2)

Class Agenda:

1. Complete Buggy Lab Analysis
2. Discuss vectors in relation to position and velocity
3. Complete vector practice problems

Homework:

1. Finish vector practice problems

Main goal:

TBA

Class Agenda:

1. Constant velocity notes
2. Constant velocity motion practice problems (pages 1-2 in packet)

Homework:

1. Complete pages 1-2 in packet

Main goal:

TBA

Class Agenda:

1. Review constant velocity practice problems (pages 1-2 in packet)
2. Discuss distance vs. time graphs and their relation to constant velocity situation-based problems
3. Motion graph lab (pages 8-12)

Homework:

1. Complete motion graph lab (pages 8-12)

Main goal:

TBA

Class Agenda:

1. Acceleration notes
2. Introduction to acceleration practice problems (pages 5-6 in packet)

Homework:

1. Complete acceleration practice problems (pages 5-6)

Main goal:

TBA

Class Agenda:

1. Review acceleration concept
2. Review acceleration practice problems (pages 5-6)
3. Discuss motion graph translations
4. Practice translating motion graphs (pages 13-18 in packet)

Homework:

1. Complete motion graph translations (pages 13-18 in packet)

Main goal:

TBA

Class Agenda:

1. Review motion graph translations (pages 13-18)
2. Continue practicing motion graph translations
3. Review and practice motion based mathematical calculations (page 7 in packet)

Homework:

1. Catch up and review 1-D motion packet up to page 18.

Main goal:

Review all unit objectives (1.1-1.7)

Class Agenda:

1. Unit Review
2. Practice review guide (pages 19-22)

Homework:

1. Complete 1-D Motion packet (Due for a grade next class)
2. Study for exam next class

Main goal:

Show all of the knowledge that you have gained during this unit (1.1-1.7)

Class Agenda:

1. Brief Review
2. Exam

Homework:

1. Begin readings for unit 2.

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