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Physics: Kinematics

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.


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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
This hypertextbook includes detailed information about the graphs of position, velocity, and acceleration with time, and the relationships between the three.
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.
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.
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.
Here is a description of the basics of free body diagrams, including an activity to help students relate static equilibrium to problem solving.
This article discusses the researchers' discovery that using free body diagrams helps students to arrive at the correct answer.
Using this applet students can practice drawing free body diagrams to help solve problems.
These sites are for high school physics students to learn the basics of vectors, vector notation, and how vectors are used in physics.
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.
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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