These sites are for high school physics students to learn the basics of kinematics. Resources include eThemes resources on vectors and vector notation, and the laws of motion, and information, lesson plans, interactive activities, and labs on free body diagrams, position, velocity, and acceleration vs. time graphs, and the difference between velocity and acceleration.
Kinematics: The Physics of Motion
This collection of links gives lesson plans, resources, activities, and labs on kinematics. Subtopics are frames of reference, graphing, vectors, motion in one dimension, motion in more than one dimension, circular motion, planetary motion, special collections, and velocity and acceleration.
In this applet students can see real time graphs of the position, velocity, and acceleration with time, and use four different scenarios with varying velocity and acceleration to explore the relationship between velocity and acceleration
Graphs of Motion
This hypertextbook includes detailed information about the graphs of position, velocity, and acceleration with time, and the relationships between the three.
Phet: Moving Man Simulation
In this interactive activity students can adjust the position, velocity and acceleration, and view graphs and arrows showing how position, velocity, and acceleration change with time.
Funderstanding: Roller Coaster Simulation
Students can make changes to the roller coaster's track, the speed and mass of the car, the gravity acting on the car, and the friction between the car and track.
Virtual Car: Velocity and Acceleration
In this interactive activity, students can control a virtual car, and see arrows for velocity and acceleration of the car, and a velocity vs. time graph.
Here are a wide range of applets to illustrate different principles of physics. See the applets for "Introduction to Mechanics," "Vectors," and "Kinematics" for applets related to kinematics problems.
Teach Engineering: An Introduction to Static Equilibrium
Here is a description of the basics of free body diagrams, including an activity to help students relate static equilibrium to problem solving.
Physical Review Special Topics: Do Students Use and Understand Free Body Diagrams?
This article discusses the researchers' discovery that using free body diagrams helps students to arrive at the correct answer.
Sketching Free Body Diagrams
Using this applet students can practice drawing free body diagrams to help solve problems.
eThemes Resource: Physics: Vectors
These sites are for high school physics students to learn the basics of vectors, vector notation, and how vectors are used in physics.
Physics Classroom: Kinematics
This site gives brief descriptions of the concepts of motion, vectors, distance and displacement, velocity and acceleration to help students learn to do kinematic problems.
eThemes Resource: Physics: Laws of Motion
This theme includes Newton's Laws of Motion and problems, interactive applications, videos, and lesson plans to apply them to problems.
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