Objectives  Kinematic Concepts
The Minds On Physics program consists of 15 modules. Each module covers a different topic and consists of a varying number of assignments. Every assignment addresses one or two objectives. The objectives for the Kinematic Concepts module are listed below.

Assignment 1:

The student should understand the distinction between a vector and a scalar.

The student should be able to identify basic quantities which are vectors and scalars.

Assignment 2:

The student should be able to distinguish between the quantities distance and displacement in terms of their definition and their distinction as scalars and vectors.

The student should be able to apply the distinction between distance and displacement to a physical scenario in order to determine the displacement and the distance of a moving object.

Assignment 3:

The student should be able to distinguish between the quantities speed and velocity in terms of their definition and their distinction as scalars and vectors.

The student should be able to apply the distinction between speed and velocity to a physical scenario in order to determine the speed and the velocity of a moving object.

Assignment 4:

The student should understand the definition of acceleration and be able to apply their understanding of the essential features of accelerated motion to the analysis of simple motion scenarios.

The student should be able to apply their understanding of the vector nature of acceleration to the analysis of simple motion scenarios.

Assignment 5:

The student should be able to analyze an oil drop representation (ticker tape) and classify a motion as a constant velocity motion, an accelerated motion and as slow or fast.

The student should be able to analyze an oil drop representation (ticker tape) and describe the direction of the velocity and acceleration vectors.

Assignment 6:

The student should be able to use the average speed equation to perform simple computations and solve word problems.

Assignment 7:

The student should be able to use the average acceleration equation to perform simple computations and solve word problems.

Assignment 8:

The student should be able to analyze positiontime data and make judgments about and determinations of velocity and acceleration values.

The student should be able to analyze velocitytime data and make judgments about and determinations of velocity and acceleration values.