Kinematic Concepts Module


The Kinematic Concepts module consists of 8 missions (assignments) that address such topics as vectors, scalars, distance, displacement, velocity, speed, acceleration, oil drop representations, numerical analysis of data, and average speed and average acceleration calculations.  The 8 missions and the corresponding objectives are listed below.  Tap a mission's name to begin.

 

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Mission Objectives:


Mission KC1: Scalars and Vectors
Objectives
  • 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.

Mission KC2: Distance and Displacement
Objectives
  • 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.


Mission KC3: Speed and Velocity
Objectives
  • 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.


Mission KC4: Acceleration
Objectives
  • 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.


Mission KC5: Oil Drop Representations
Objectives
  • 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.


Mission KC6: Average Speed Calculations
Objectives
  • The student should be able to use the average speed equation to perform simple computations and solve word problems.


Mission KC7: Average Acceleration Calculations
Objectives
  • The student should be able to use the average acceleration equation to perform simple computations and solve word problems.


Mission KC8: Position-Time and Velocity-Time Data
Objectives
  • The student should be able to analyze position-time data and make judgments about and determinations of velocity and acceleration values.
  • The student should be able to analyze velocity-time data and make judgments about and determinations of velocity and acceleration values.




Mission KG3: Matching Motion and Shape on a Position-Time Graph
Objectives
  • The student should be able to use an understanding of the shape and slope of a position-time graph to extract information about the velocities of objects.
  • The student should be able to use an understanding of the shape and slope of a position-time graph to extract information about the accelerations of objects.
     

Mission KG4: Slope Calculations for Position-Time Graphs
Objectives
  • The student should be able to calculate the slope of a graph.
  • The student should be able to calculate the slope of a position-time graph and make meaning of the calculation.
     

Mission KG5: Basics of Velocity-Time Graphs
Objectives
  • The student should be able to identify the physical significance of the slope and the area for a velocity-time graph.
  • The student should be able to match a verbal description of a given motion to the corresponding shape of a velocity-time graph.
     

Mission KG6: Interpreting Velocity-Time Graphs
Objective
  • The student should be able to use an understanding of the shape and slope to extract information about the motion of an object from a velocity-time graph.
     

Mission KG7: Interpreting Velocity-Time Graphs 2
Objectives
  • The student should be able to use an understanding of the shape and slope of a velocity-time graph to extract information about the velocity of an object.
  • The student should be able to use an understanding of the shape and slope of a velocity-time graph to extract information about the acceleration of an object.
     


Mission KG8: Slope and Area of a Velocity-Time Graph
Objectives
  • The student should be able to determine the acceleration of an object from a velocity-time graph.
  • The student should be able to determine the displacement of an object from a velocity-time graph.
     


Mission KG9: Graphs and Oil Drop Diagrams
Objectives
  • The student should be able to identify the appropriate match between an oil-drop representation of a motion and the position-time graph of the motion.
  • The student should be able to identify the appropriate match between an oil-drop representation of a motion and the velocity-time graph of the motion.
     


Mission KG10: Common Misconceptions Concerning Motion Graphs
Objectives
  • The student should be able to verbally describe the motion of an object if given a position-time graph, being careful to distinguish between velocity and acceleration information.
  • The student should be able to verbally describe the motion of an object if given a velocity-time graph, being careful to distinguish between velocity and acceleration information.
     


Mission KG11: Matching Position-Time and Velocity-Time Graphs
Objectives
  • The student should be able to match a given position-time graph to the appropriate shape of a velocity-time graph.
  • The student should be able to match a given velocity-time graph to the appropriate shape of a position-time graph.
 

 


 


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