5. One-Dimensional Kinematics: Non-Constant Acceleration

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Learning Objectives

  • Explain the concepts of position, velocity and acceleration for different kinds of motion, and be able to differentiate and integrate mathematical functions describing them.
  • Describe the different kinds of one-dimensional motion using models such as constant, harmonic and exponential acceleration models.


Course Notes

Notes: Integration and Kinematics (PDF - 1.6MB)

Suggested Textbook Reading (Optional)

Amazon logo Chapter 2.6. 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.

Learning Activities

Guided Activities

Read through the class slides carefully. They explain all of the concepts from the module.

Slides: One-Dimensional Kinematics, Non Constant Acceleration (PDF)


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

Concept Questions (PDF)

Solutions (PDF)

Challenge Problems

This resource may not render correctly in a screen reader.Challenge Problems (PDF - 2.6MB)

This resource may not render correctly in a screen reader.Solutions (PDF)

Problem Solving Help

In the following video Prof. Walter Lewin explains how to approach the Challenge Problems.

Help Session

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