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- Explain the concepts of position, velocity and acceleration for different kinds of motion. and be able to differentiate and integrate mathematical functions describing them.
- Be able to represent motion of an object using words, graphs, equations and motion diagrams. Learn to comfortably move between the different representations.
- Be able to identify and apply appropriate equations that describe motion in a given situation.
- Be able to apply a consistent methodology to solve problems.
- Be able to evaluate the reasonableness of an answer to a problem using dimensional analysis and special cases.
Notes: One-Dimensional Kinematics (PDF - 2.6MB)
Suggested Textbook Reading (Optional)
Chapter 2.1-2.5. Young, Hugh D., Roger A. Freedman, and A. Lewis Ford. Sears and Zemansky's University Physics: with Modern Physics. 12th ed. San Francisco, CA: Addison-Wesley, 2007. ISBN: 9780805321876.
Read through the class slides carefully. They explain all of the concepts from the module.
Slides: One-Dimensional Kinematics and Free Fall (PDF - 2.0MB)
Do the Concept Questions first to make sure you understand the main concepts from this module. Then, when you are ready, try the Challenge Problems. If you are struggling with the Challenge Problems, watch the Homework Help Session videos, which will give you tips on how to tackle problems of this type.
Concept Questions (PDF)
Challenge Problems (PDF)
Solutions (PDF - 4.0MB)
Problem Solving Help
In the following videos Prof. Walter Lewin explains how to approach the Challenge Problems.
Help Session 1
Help Session 2
Help Session 3
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