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Ch 1: AP Physics 1 Vectors: Homeschool Curriculum

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The vectors unit of this AP Physics 1 Homeschool course is designed to help homeschooled students learn about vector types and operations. Parents can use the short videos to introduce topics, break up lessons and keep students engaged.

Who's it for?

This unit of our AP Physics 1 Homeschool course will benefit any student who is trying to learn about vector types and concepts. There is no faster or easier way to learn about vectors. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who require an efficient, self-paced course of study to learn about vector characteristics, operations, components and resultants.
  • Homeschool parents looking to spend less time preparing lessons and more time teaching.
  • Homeschool parents who need a physics curriculum that appeals to multiple learning types (visual or auditory).
  • Gifted students and students with learning differences.

How it works:

  • Students watch a short, fun video lesson that covers a specific unit topic.
  • Students and parents can refer to the video transcripts to reinforce learning.
  • Short quizzes and a vectors unit exam confirm understanding or identify any topics that require review.

Vectors Unit Objectives:

  • Identify the types of vectors and their characteristics.
  • Learn to use the geometric method of adding vectors.
  • Calculate the resultants of vectors.
  • Perform scalar multiplication of vectors.
  • Use the head-to-tail method to subtract vectors.
  • Learn how to find standard basis vectors.
  • Discover how to use components to perform vector operations.
  • Determine the magnitude of a vector in component form.
  • Understand how to find the direction of a vector in component form.
  • Learn to find vector resolution by splitting vectors.

10 Lessons in Chapter 1: AP Physics 1 Vectors: Homeschool Curriculum
How to Do Vector Operations Using Components

1. How to Do Vector Operations Using Components

After watching this lesson, you will understand how we analyze physics involving two-dimensional vectors and be able to split a vector at an angle into a vertical and horizontal component. A short quiz will follow.

Resultants of Vectors: Definition & Calculation

2. Resultants of Vectors: Definition & Calculation

After watching this video, you will be able to explain what a resultant of a vector is and use mathematics to calculate the resultant of two vectors. A short quiz will follow.

Scalar Multiplication of Vectors: Definition & Calculations

3. Scalar Multiplication of Vectors: Definition & Calculations

After watching this video, you will be able to explain what scalar multiplication is and complete basic calculations involving the scalar multiplication of vectors. A short quiz will follow.

Standard Basis Vectors: Definition & Examples

4. Standard Basis Vectors: Definition & Examples

After watching this lesson, you will be able to explain what standard basis vectors (otherwise known as unit vectors) are and how they are useful. A short quiz will follow.

Vector Addition (Geometric Approach): Explanation & Examples

5. Vector Addition (Geometric Approach): Explanation & Examples

After watching this video, you will be able to explain why we might need to add two vectors and, given magnitudes and directions, add two vectors using geometric methods. A short quiz will follow.

Vector Components: The Direction of a Vector

6. Vector Components: The Direction of a Vector

After watching this lesson, you will be able to explain what is meant by the direction of a vector and calculate the direction of a vector when given the x and y components. A short quiz will follow.

Vector Components: The Magnitude of a Vector

7. Vector Components: The Magnitude of a Vector

After watching this lesson, you will be able to explain what the magnitude of a vector refers to, and how to calculate it when given the components of a vector. A short quiz will follow.

Vector Resolution: Definition & Practice Problems

8. Vector Resolution: Definition & Practice Problems

After watching this lesson, you will be able to explain what vector resolution is and solve problems involving vector resolution. A short quiz will follow.

Vector Subtraction (Geometric): Formula & Examples

9. Vector Subtraction (Geometric): Formula & Examples

After watching this lesson, you will be able to subtract vectors geometrically and give examples of how that process might be used in physics. A short quiz will follow.

What Is a Vector? - Definition & Types

10. What Is a Vector? - Definition & Types

After watching this lesson, you will be able to explain what vectors are in physics, give some examples of vectors and have a basic idea of how they can be manipulated mathematically. A short quiz will follow.

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