Ch 10: GACE Physics: Kinematics

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This chapter on kinematics is part of our GACE Physics course. Our video lessons are designed to help you master material on the GACE Physics Test for Georgia state teaching certification.

GACE Physics: Kinematics Chapter Summary

Our highly qualified instructors will help you prepare for the GACE Physics assessments by covering the following topics:

  • Differences between scalars and vectors
  • Distance and displacement in physics
  • Acceleration (including uniformly-accelerated motion), speed and velocity in the motion of objects
  • Five kinematics equations and how to represent those graphically (including position vs. time graphs, velocity vs. time graphs and free fall motion graphs)
  • Formulas for the acceleration of gravity and projectile motion

Our lessons are remarkably accessible. Each video is accompanied by a text transcript and enhanced by a tagging system that makes it easy to jump to the topics you need help with the most.

Objectives of the GACE Physics: Kinematics Chapter

The GACE Physics test assesses your knowledge and understanding of scientific concepts based on a 6-12 level of comprehension of physics in order to determine your ability to teach at this grade level in the state of Georgia. It consists of two subtests that can be taken separately or as a combined test. The topics in this chapter will confirm and enhance your existing knowledge of the history of science as well as teach you new or unfamiliar concepts.

Kinematics is part of the Mechanics subarea, which accounts for about 60% of the Test I portion. Our self-assessment quizzes that accompany each lesson will test your comprehension of related information covered in the exam and also give you insight to the types of questions you'll actually see on test day.

17 Lessons in Chapter 10: GACE Physics: Kinematics
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What is Kinematics? - Studying the Motion of Objects

1. What is Kinematics? - Studying the Motion of Objects

Kinematics is a branch of classical mechanics that is concerned with the study of the motion of objects or systems, without considering the forces involved or the causes of the motion. Explore the languages of science, learn about the definition of kinematics, and be able to tell what factors are considered under kinematics.

Scalars and Vectors: Definition and Difference

2. Scalars and Vectors: Definition and Difference

Scalars are quantities that only have magnitude while vectors are quantities that have both magnitude and direction. Learn about the definition of scalar and vector quantities, and understand the difference between the two through relevant examples.

Distance and Displacement in Physics: Definition and Examples

3. Distance and Displacement in Physics: Definition and Examples

Distance measures the length traveled by an object regardless of start and end-point, whereas displacement is the change in the object's position relative to the starting and ending points. Explore the definition and examples of distance and displacement in physics, as well as the uses and calculations for both.

Speed and Velocity: Difference and Examples

4. Speed and Velocity: Difference and Examples

Speed and velocity are strongly related but distinct concepts. Explore the relationship between these two popular physics concepts with the help of key definitions, formulas, and examples, and discover more about each individual value.

Acceleration: Definition, Equation and Examples

5. Acceleration: Definition, Equation and Examples

Acceleration is the measure of how fast an object's velocity changes. Learn about the definition and examples of acceleration, understand its equation, and practice solving problems involving acceleration.

Uniformly-Accelerated Motion and the Big Five Kinematics Equations

6. Uniformly-Accelerated Motion and the Big Five Kinematics Equations

Understanding uniformly accelerated motion and the big five kinematics equations is an important part of gaining a complete knowledge of math and science. Learn what the big five kinematics equations are, identify the associated variables, and solve a uniformly accelerated motion problem.

Representing Kinematics with Graphs

7. Representing Kinematics with Graphs

Visual learners often find using graphs to represent kinematics easier than using algebra. Learn about the x/y graph and how to set it up to represent displacement, velocity, and acceleration.

Using Position vs. Time Graphs to Describe Motion

8. Using Position vs. Time Graphs to Describe Motion

Motion can be explained adequately in the form of graphs for clarity. Learn how using position versus time graphs can help make kinematics problems easier to read, understand, and solve.

Determining Slope for Position vs. Time Graphs

9. Determining Slope for Position vs. Time Graphs

Determining slope for position vs. time graphs are important foundations of physics. Using examples, learn the relationship between slope and velocity and how to solve average velocity and speed problems.

Using Velocity vs. Time Graphs to Describe Motion

10. Using Velocity vs. Time Graphs to Describe Motion

A velocity vs. time graph is an effective way to describe the motion of objects and particles. Learn about how a velocity vs. time graph is set up, explore the meaning of shape and lines on these graphs, and discover how it describes the motion and direction of an object under consideration.

Determining Acceleration Using the Slope of a Velocity vs. Time Graph

11. Determining Acceleration Using the Slope of a Velocity vs. Time Graph

Acceleration occurs when the speed of an object moving in a straight line motion changes. Learn to determine the acceleration of an object using the slope of a velocity versus a time graph and by solving a practice problem.

Velocity vs. Time: Determining Displacement of an Object

12. Velocity vs. Time: Determining Displacement of an Object

A velocity vs. time graph can help you determine the displacement of an object. Learn why showing units on a graph is a necessity and deepen your understanding by studying multiple example graphs showing velocity vs. time.

Understanding Graphs of Motion: Giving Qualitative Descriptions

13. Understanding Graphs of Motion: Giving Qualitative Descriptions

Understand graphs of motion means learning how to understand qualitative descriptions of factual data. Learn how to make qualitative observations while looking at graphs and the seven basic shapes of graphs that you should familiarize yourself with.

Free Fall Physics Practice Problems

14. Free Fall Physics Practice Problems

In physics, objects in free fall can be mathematically calculated. Learn about this physics math, including the types of free fall questions and the big five kinematic equations, then practice answering them.

Graphing Free Fall Motion: Showing Acceleration

15. Graphing Free Fall Motion: Showing Acceleration

To investigate straight-line motion with constant acceleration, one could use free falling kinematics. This lesson explores the basics of free fall motion, including position and velocity vs. time and how to graph these concepts of acceleration.

The Acceleration of Gravity: Definition & Formula

16. The Acceleration of Gravity: Definition & Formula

In physics, kinematics is the study of objects' motions without regard for the forces that cause the motion. Learn about the acceleration of gravity, including its definition and formula. Explore kinematics, gravity and free fall, and gravity vector to understand how gravity relates to free falling objects.

Projectile Motion: Definition and Examples

17. Projectile Motion: Definition and Examples

Projectile motion is a two-dimensional motion of an object thrown in the air. Explore water-balloon physics and the definition of projectile motion, and learn how to solve projectile motion problems through examples.

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