Ch 4: NYSTCE Physics: Principles of Motion

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We can help you understand the principles of motion. Our video lessons and self-assessment quizzes make it easy to prepare for the NYSTCE Physics exam.

NYSTCE Physics: Principles of Motion - Chapter Summary

The lessons in this chapter will help you brush up on the principles of motion so you can better prepare for the NYSTCE Physics exam. These video lessons cover the following topics so you can become familiar with the types of questions you'll encounter on the exam:

  • Newton's first, second and third laws of motion
  • Inclined planes
  • Torque
  • Equilibrium
  • Friction, forces and coefficients
  • Uniform circular motion
  • Centripetal force
  • Free fall
  • Air resistance

Our qualified instructors will help you get a firm grasp on each of these topics so you can be ready on test day. We use a combination of engaging video lessons, written transcripts and self-assessment quizzes so you can learn the material from different angles.

NYSTCE Physics: Principles of Motion Objectives

The NYSTCE Physics exam tests your knowledge of basic physics concepts, such as the foundations of scientific inquiry, electricity, magnetism, thermodynamics, mechanics, quantum theory, waves, sound and light to see if you're qualified for a New York State teaching certification. This Principles of Motion chapter prepares you for the mechanics and thermodynamics portion of the exam, which accounts for about 23% of the score. Use our self-assessment quizzes to assess your understanding of the material and prepare for the types of questions found on the exam.

The NYSTCE Physics exam consists of 90 selected-response questions in addition to one constructed-response assignment. The computer-based test could take about four hours to complete.

7 Lessons in Chapter 4: NYSTCE Physics: Principles of Motion
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Newton's First Law of Motion: Examples of the Effect of Force on Motion

1. Newton's First Law of Motion: Examples of the Effect of Force on Motion

This lesson describes Newton's first law of motion, also known as the law of inertia. The interaction between force and motion is explained. Several examples are used to discuss the implications of this law on earth and in space.

Newton's Second Law of Motion: The Relationship Between Force and Acceleration

2. Newton's Second Law of Motion: The Relationship Between Force and Acceleration

This lesson defines Newton's second law of motion. Examples are used to illustrate how unbalanced forces cause objects to accelerate. The examples are used to practice calculating acceleration and force for objects in motion.

Newton's Third Law of Motion: Examples of the Relationship Between Two Forces

3. Newton's Third Law of Motion: Examples of the Relationship Between Two Forces

This lesson describes Newton's third law of motion. Examples are provided to illustrate how interacting objects experience forces. The lesson explains how objects accelerate as a result of force. Applications of Newton's third law are illustrated in nature, machines, and space.

Inclined Planes in Physics: Definition, Facts, and Examples

4. Inclined Planes in Physics: Definition, Facts, and Examples

If an object is not horizontal to the ground, it may be on an inclined plane. We need to adjust both the calculations and the free-body diagram when determining the net force on an object on an inclined plane. Learn how in this lesson.

Uniform Circular Motion: Definition & Mathematics

5. 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.

Centripetal Force: Definition, Examples & Problems

6. 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.

Air Resistance and Free Fall

7. Air Resistance and Free Fall

Through experiments by Galileo and Newton, we can understand why all objects in free-fall experience the same acceleration, ''g''. We can also see why air resistance affects a falling object's velocity and how this can lead to a falling object reaching a terminal velocity.

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