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Ch 6: Overview of Kinematics & Graphs

About This Chapter

Get an overview of kinematics and graphs as you review physics concepts. The lessons and videos in this chapter provide a look at the motions of objects and the related formulas and mathematics.

Overview of Kinematics & Graphs - Chapter Summary

This chapter covers the study of the motion of objects. Scalars and vectors are defined as well as position in physics. The chapter also provides practice problems for free fall physics, the acceleration of gravity and more. After completing this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Define distance and displacement in physics
  • Identify examples of speed and velocity
  • Define acceleration
  • Solve equations for uniformly-accelerated motion and the big five kinematics equations
  • Understand projectile motion and solve practice projectile motion problems
  • List kinematics equations
  • Discuss uniform circular motion

You can access the video lesson in this chapter at any time and from any internet-connected device. Study on your own time and utilize the lesson quizzes to check your progress. Video transcripts and lesson tags also make reviewing the information easy and convenient.

13 Lessons in Chapter 6: Overview of Kinematics & Graphs
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
What is Kinematics? - Studying the Motion of Objects

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

Kinematics is the study of the motion of objects. Kinematics can tell you a lot about motion, but not everything. In this lesson, we will examine the types of questions kinematics can and cannot answer.

Scalars and Vectors: Definition and Difference

2. Scalars and Vectors: Definition and Difference

In this lesson, we will examine scalars and vectors, learn why it is important to know the difference between the two and why remembering to add a direction to many of your exam answers could be the reason you get it right or wrong.

What is Position in Physics? - Definition & Examples

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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.

Uniformly-Accelerated Motion and the Big Five Kinematics Equations

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

In this lesson, we will begin to solve problems that combine position, displacement, velocity, and acceleration. I will introduce the Big Five Equations to help you on your way.

Free Fall Physics Practice Problems

8. Free Fall Physics Practice Problems

In this lesson, we will dive into doing calculations involving free falling objects. We will begin with a few helpful tips to get started before working through a couple of example problems.

The Acceleration of Gravity: Definition & Formula

9. The Acceleration of Gravity: Definition & Formula

In this lesson, we will introduce the acceleration due to gravity. Objects in free fall are one of the few real world examples of straight line motion with constant acceleration, so they are commonly used when learning kinematics.

Projectile Motion: Definition and Examples

10. Projectile Motion: Definition and Examples

A projectile is any object that is given an initial velocity and then follows a path determined entirely by gravity. In this lesson, we will introduce projectile motion and touch on a few key facts to keep in mind when working through these problems.

Projectile Motion Practice Problems

11. Projectile Motion Practice Problems

After watching this video lesson, you will know how to use the sets of equations that are used to solve projectile motion problems. Learn how to manipulate them to find the answer you need.

Kinematic Equations List: Calculating Motion

12. Kinematic Equations List: Calculating Motion

After watching this video, you will be able to explain what kinematics is, list the five most important kinematics equations, and use them to solve problems. A short quiz will follow.

Uniform Circular Motion: Definition & Mathematics

13. 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.

Chapter Practice Exam
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