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Graphs of Motion - Chapter Summary
Study the lessons in this chapter to review or learn more about the graphs of motion. You'll review subjects such as vector diagrams and the different was to describe motion. This chapter is designed to help you achieve these objectives:
- Define vector diagrams and understand their uses
- Find a displacement vector
- Discuss motion using position vs. time graphs
- Use velocity vs. time graphs to describe motion
- Give qualitative descriptions of graphs of motion
You're sure to understand these topics quickly and easily with this user-friendly chapter. The video lessons included here are simple to navigate and self-paced for your convenience. To assess your knowledge before you study other things, take the quizzes included with the lessons as well as the test at the end of the chapter. Feel free to reach out to an instructor if you need any assistance.
1. What are Vector Diagrams? - Definition and Uses
After watching this video, you will be able to explain what vector diagrams are and how they are used, including vector addition and subtraction. A short quiz will follow.
2. How to Find a Displacement Vector
In this lesson, you'll learn how a displacement vector is totally different than the distance traveled. You'll learn how easy it is to find and add the displacement vectors of two different changes in an object's position.
3. Using Position vs. Time Graphs to Describe Motion
Describing motion with graphs can be a simple, yet powerful tool in your physics arsenal. In this lesson, we begin by looking at the basic position vs. time graph.
4. Using Velocity vs. Time Graphs to Describe Motion
In this lesson, we will look at an example of a velocity vs. time graph. By examining the shape of the graph, it is possible to accurately describe the motion of an object, even if that motion is very complex.
5. Understanding Graphs of Motion: Giving Qualitative Descriptions
You can just look at graphs of straight line motion and accurately describe how that object is moving. In this lesson, we will investigate the basic shapes the graphs can take and what conclusions you can draw from these shapes.
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