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Ch 8: Circular Motion & Gravitation Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Circular Motion and Gravitation chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach the students in your classroom about the concepts of speed, velocity and centripetal force as well as the various laws of physics. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the Circular Motion and Gravitation chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

Day Topics Key Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday Uniform Circular Motion: Definition and Mathematics;
Speed and Velocity: Concepts and Formulas;
What is Acceleration? - Definition and Formula
A look at how objects move in a circular pattern;
Calculate speed and velocity;
Define and calculate acceleration
Tuesday Equilibrium: Chemical and Dynamic;
Kepler's Three Laws of Planetary Motion;
Newton's Law of Gravitation: Definition and Examples
A look at equilibrium constant and chemical equilibrium in an equation;
Johannes Kepler's beginnings and his partnership with Tycho Brahe;
Determining how two objects are attracted through gravitational force
Wednesday Centripetal Force: Examples and Problems;
Gravitational Attraction of Extended Bodies;
Gravitational Potential Energy: Definition, Formula and Examples
A look at tension, gravitational force and friction;
Learn about Newton's Law of Gravitation and extended bodies;
Calculating gravitational potential energy
Thursday Work as an Integral;
Elliptical Orbits: Periods and Speeds;
Eccentricity and Orbits of Planets
Discover how integrals are used to determine movement;
A look at how planets' movements swerve from perfect circles;
Determining the speed of objects in orbit
Friday Objects Moving in Vertical Circles: Analysis and Practice Problems Calculate the critical speed of these objects

13 Lessons in Chapter 8: Circular Motion & Gravitation Lesson Plans
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Uniform Circular Motion: Definition & Mathematics

1. Uniform Circular Motion: Definition & Mathematics

After watching this lesson, you will be able to explain what uniform circular motion is, in terms of both acceleration and forces. You will also be able to use equations for centripetal force and acceleration to solve problems. A short quiz will follow.

Speed and Velocity: Concepts and Formulas

2. Speed and Velocity: Concepts and Formulas

Did you know that an object's speed and velocity may not be the same? This lesson describes the concepts of speed and velocity relating to objects in motion. We'll look at a specific example to help learn how to calculate both speed and velocity.

What is Acceleration? - Definition and Formula

3. What is Acceleration? - Definition and Formula

This lesson describes the difference between speed, velocity and acceleration. Examples are used to help you understand the concept of acceleration and learn to calculate acceleration with a mathematical formula.

Equilibrium: Chemical and Dynamic

4. Equilibrium: Chemical and Dynamic

Learn the definition of chemical equilibrium and how it is dynamic. Discover what the equilibrium constant is and how it shows whether the reaction favors the reactants or products. Learn how chemists designate equilibrium in an equation and how they show the difference in reaction rate.

Kepler's Three Laws of Planetary Motion

5. Kepler's Three Laws of Planetary Motion

Find out about the interesting life and major contributions of Johannes Kepler. This lesson will also teach you how to find out how long it takes a planet to revolve around the sun!

Newton's Law of Gravitation: Definition & Examples

6. Newton's Law of Gravitation: Definition & Examples

This lesson explains how gravity works mathematically and teaches you how to use Newton's Law of Gravitation to solve problems. A short quiz will follow.

Centripetal Force: Definition, Examples & Problems

7. Centripetal Force: Definition, Examples & Problems

After watching this video, you should be able to explain what centripetal force is, identify the centripetal force in a particular situation, and solve problems using the centripetal force equation. A short quiz will follow.

Gravitational Attraction of Extended Bodies

8. Gravitational Attraction of Extended Bodies

After watching this lesson, you will be able to explain what an extended body is, understand the derivation for the force of gravity between a point charge and a long, thin bar and solve problems using the result of that derivation.

Gravitational Potential Energy: Definition, Formula & Examples

9. Gravitational Potential Energy: Definition, Formula & Examples

In this lesson, you will learn what gravitational potential is, the equation we use to calculate it, and how to use that equation. We'll look at some real-life examples so you can see how it works. A short quiz will follow.

Work as an Integral

10. Work as an Integral

After watching this video, you will be able to solve calculus problems involving work and explain how that relates to the area under a force-displacement graph. A short quiz will follow.

Elliptical Orbits: Periods & Speeds

11. Elliptical Orbits: Periods & Speeds

After watching this lesson, you will be able to explain what an elliptical orbit is and calculate the period and speed of an object in an elliptical orbit, if given enough information. A short quiz will follow.

Eccentricity & Orbits of Planets

12. Eccentricity & Orbits of Planets

After watching this lesson, you should be able to explain what eccentricity is and calculate the eccentricity of an orbit given relevant distance measurements. A short quiz will follow.

Objects Moving in Vertical Circles: Analysis & Practice Problems

13. Objects Moving in Vertical Circles: Analysis & Practice Problems

After watching this video, you will be able to describe motion of an object moving in a vertical circle and derive and use equations for this motion in problem solving. A short quiz will follow.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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