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Henderson's Regular Physics Quizzes

(1999-2000 School Year)


Suggestions for this week's Quiz (Unit 1, Quiz #3):

This week's quiz is scheduled for Friday, September 17. The quiz will be a one-page quiz, covering both sides of a single sheet of paper. The equation for average speed, average velocity, and average acceleration will be provided; the four kinematic equations will also be provided. Other than a calculator, no other helps will be provided nor allowed.

Your best means of studying is to utilize the links below to review those parts of the quiz which you feel least comfortable with. For example, if you are having difficulty using the kinematic equations to solve problems, then use the two links below under item #6. Also, utilize the Minds On Physics modules (Kinematic Graphing) as a review tool. If you have completed the module, yet wish to review, then create a new record with "Guest" as your password. Then log on with "Guest" as your password to try any module which you wish. Finally, take a look at the quizzes from past years which are listed below.

Students can expect the following concepts, skills, and problem-types to be assessed on this quiz:

  1. An understanding of the acceleration concept as a rate at which velocity changes. See Minds On Physics - Kinematic Concepts module; sublevel 4.
  2. An ability to use graphical features such as slope and shape to interpret position-time graphs (mostly) and velocity-time graphs (partly) and ultimately describe the motion of an object. See Minds On Physics - Kinematic Graphing module.
  3. An ability to perform slope calculations and area calculations for position-time and velocity-time graphs and to use such calculations to derive quantitative information about an object's motion (velocity, acceleration, and displacement). See Minds On Physics - Kinematic Graphing module. (If you'd like to try an interactive Shockwave practice, then try the exercise in the Shockwave Studios section of our site.)
  4. An ability to match graphical descriptions of motion with verbal and pictorial descriptions of motion (and vice versa).
  5. An ability to sketch a position-time graph if given a velocity-time graph (and vice versa). There's some excellent practice problems (with answers and explanations) elsewhere at our site.
  6. An ability to utilize the kinematic equations to solve problems. Try the excellent source of twenty problems with answers and complete solutions at The Physics Classroom.
  7. An ability to identify the direction of the acceleration vector (east, west, north, south, positive, negative, etc.) if given a verbal description of the motion. See Minds On Physics - Kinematic Concepts module; sublevel 4.
  8. An understanding of previous concepts from the first two quizzes. Study suggestions for these two quizzes are provided here.

Study Suggestions for Previous Quizzes

Unit 1, Quiz #1
Unit 1, Quiz #2


Sample Quizzes (Unit 1, Quiz #3)

You can view four sample quizzes by using the following links. The first sample quiz has several representative graphing problems. The second sample quiz has one or two representative problems on kinematic equations. And the third quiz is actually a Unit 1-2 quiz; questions #1, #2, and the first part of #4 are representative of problems on kinematic equations. While these quizzes are useful, the suggestions listed above are probably your best bet for review.

Quiz#2 (1998)

Quiz#3 (1994)

Quiz#3 (1995)


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