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Lessons on Motion

Name Description Type
Vector, Scalar, Distance & Displacement
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This interactive lesson will help you learn about vectors, scalars, distance, and displacement. Interactive
(ShockWave)
Vector Addition
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Vector Addition & Subtraction
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These lessons examine the methods for adding and subtracting vectors.   Both the parallelogram and triangle methods are shown. Slide Show
Speed & Velocity
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This lesson illustrates the difference between speed and velocity.   It also addresses the concept of average and instantaneous velocities.  The relativity of velocity is also taught. Animations and Descriptions
Acceleration
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An animated lesson on acceleration. Animations & Explanation
(HTML5)
Constant Motions
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This demonstrates the difference between an object moving with a constant displacement, a constant velocity, and a constant acceleration. Uses a movie and graphs. Movie &
Explanation
Graphing Motion by Looking at Vectors
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Graphing of Motion
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This alternative look at using vectors to think about the graph may just help you make more sense of graphing motion. Examines the relationship between graphs of displacement, velocity, and acceleration vs. time. Animation
(HTML5) Slide Show
Motion with Different Accelerations
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This demonstrates the difference between an object with a small acceleration and a larger acceleration. It also describes key features of graphs showing Displacement vs Time, Velocity vs Time, and Acceleration vs Time. Movie &
Explanation
Acceleration DUE TO Gravity
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This lesson addresses the special concept of acceleration due to gravity.   It addresses both the concepts and misconceptions. Also examines freefall and apparent weightlessness. Animations & Explanation
(HTML5)
Freefall Lab This lab lets you experiment with dropping an object either as freefall or with various cases of air friction.  Created by Raman Pfaff. Interactive Lab
(Shockwave)
1-D Motion Lessons This site contains an entire collection of lessons on 1-D kinematics (straight line motion). Pictures & Explanations
(not local)
Derivation of Motion Formulas
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This shows how the two basic motion formulas combine with the definitions of change and average can create some very useful formulas. Explanation
Motion in a Circle
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This examines the role of velocity and acceleration of an object as it travels in a circular path. Movie &
Explanation
Mechanics Review
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A collection of multiple choice questions providing immediate feedback. Multiple Choice Practice
Projectile Motion Lessons Collection This is where all the lessons on projectile motion are stored. Collection