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Ch 26: Michigan Merit Exam: Position, Velocity & Time

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This chapter on position, velocity, and time will help you prepare for the physics section of the Michigan Merit Exam. The lessons in this chapter are designed to expose you to the subject matter in multiple ways so that you can be sure of knowing what you need on test day.

Michigan Merit Exam: Position, Velocity & Time - Chapter Summary

Learn how the motion of an object can be described in relation to speed and direction. This chapter will help you review many topics relevant to the Michigan Merit Exam, including:

  • Definition of position in physics
  • Distance and displacement
  • Speed and velocity
  • Acceleration
  • Description of motion relative to time graphs
  • Determination of the displacement of an object
  • Qualitative descriptions of motion

The entertaining video lessons can be viewed and then reviewed entirely or topically with the interactive timeline feature. For additional aid with comprehension and retention, you can read the written lesson transcripts and take the lesson quizzes and practice exams as you prepare for the real test.

Michigan Merit Exam: Position, Velocity & Time Chapter Objectives

The Michigan Department of Education gives the Michigan Merit Exam (MME) to the state's public school 11th-graders every spring to measure their academic performance. This chapter is relevant to the science portion of the M-Step test which is one part of the (three-part) MME. The M-Step science session has an estimated duration of just under an hour.

10 Lessons in Chapter 26: Michigan Merit Exam: Position, Velocity & Time
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What is Position in Physics? - Definition & Examples

1. What is Position in Physics? - Definition & Examples

After watching this video, you will be able to explain what position is, why it is a vector, and interpret position-time graphs. A short quiz will follow.

Distance and Displacement in Physics: Definition and Examples

2. Distance and Displacement in Physics: Definition and Examples

Distance and displacement might seem like similar terms but in physics, understanding the difference can mean getting a question right instead of wrong. In this lesson, we will define these terms and illustrate how easy it is to confuse the two.

Speed and Velocity: Difference and Examples

3. Speed and Velocity: Difference and Examples

Is it possible to drive with a speed of 100 mph but a velocity of 0? In this lesson, we will examine the difference between speed and velocity and use that information to answer this question.

Acceleration: Definition, Equation and Examples

4. Acceleration: Definition, Equation and Examples

Acceleration can be a tricky topic for many students who tend to get hung up on an object's speed. In this lesson, we will explore the common aspects of acceleration and why speed is not always important.

Using Position vs. Time Graphs to Describe Motion

5. 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.

Determining Slope for Position vs. Time Graphs

6. Determining Slope for Position vs. Time Graphs

Simply looking at a position vs. time graph can tell you a lot about straight line motion, but doing a few basic calculations can tell you even more. In this lesson, we will learn how to use the slope of the line to determine average velocity.

Using Velocity vs. Time Graphs to Describe Motion

7. 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.

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

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

In this lesson, we will learn how to use the slope of the line on a velocity vs. time graph to calculate the acceleration of an object in straight line motion.

Velocity vs. Time: Determining Displacement of an Object

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

There is a lot of information you can determine by looking at a velocity vs. time graph. In this lesson, we will use a little geometry to calculate the displacement of the object represented by the graph.

Understanding Graphs of Motion: Giving Qualitative Descriptions

10. 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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