About This Chapter
Who's it for?
This unit of our AP Physics C Homeschool course will benefit any student who is trying to learn about linear momentum principles and equations. There is no faster or easier way to learn about linear momentum. Among those who would benefit are:
- Students who require an efficient, self-paced course of study to learn about linear momentum conservation, collisions, isolated systems and how to calculate momentum.
- 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 linear momentum unit exam confirm understanding or identify any topics that require review.
Linear Momentum Unit Objectives:
- Discover what linear momentum is and how to calculate it.
- Learn the impulse-momentum change equation.
- Understand the law of conservation of momentum.
- Distinguish between elastic and inelastic collisions.
- Determine whether a collision occurred in an isolated system.
- Understand how to find the center of mass or center of gravity.
1. Linear Momentum: Definition, Equation, and Examples
Any moving object has momentum, but how much momentum it has depends on its mass and velocity. In this lesson, you'll identify linear momentum, as well as see examples of how an object's momentum is affected by mass and velocity.
2. Momentum and Impulse: Definition, Theorem and Examples
To understand how a change in momentum affects an object, we look to impulse. In this lesson, you'll understand how impulse describes an object's change in momentum, as well as how changing the force or time of the impulse can have very different outcomes.
3. Conservation of Linear Momentum: Formula and Examples
The law of conservation of momentum tells us that the amount of momentum for a system doesn't change. In this lesson, we'll explore how that can be true even when the momenta of the individual components does change.
4. Elastic and Inelastic Collisions: Difference and Principles
When objects come in contact with each other, a collision occurs. In this lesson, you'll learn about the two types of collisions as well as how momentum is conserved in each.
5. Isolated Systems in Physics: Definition and Examples
Systems are important to understand when studying physics, but they are not always easy to describe. In this video lesson, you'll identify isolated systems and understand what makes them unique.
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Other chapters within the AP Physics C: Homeschool Curriculum course
- AP Physics C - Kinematics: Homeschool Curriculum
- AP Physics C - Newton's Laws: Homeschool Curriculum
- AP Physics C - Work, Energy, & Power: Homeschool Curriculum
- AP Physics C - Electrical Forces and Fields: Homeschool Curriculum
- AP Physics C - Potential and Capacitance: Homeschool Curriculum
- AP Physics C - Direct Current Circuits: Homeschool Curriculum
- AP Physics C - Magnetism: Homeschool Curriculum