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Henderson's Regular Physics Quizzes

(2000-2001 School Year)


Suggestions for this week's quiz (Unit 2, Quiz#3):

This week's quiz on Unit 2 material is tentatively scheduled for Friday, October 13 (scary!). The quiz will be a one-page quiz, covering both sides of a single sheet of paper. The equations for net force, frictional force, gravitational force, and average acceleration will be provided; the value of g will be stated; and the kinematic equations will be provided. Other than a calculator, no other helps will be provided nor allowed. Students can expect the following concepts, skills, and problem-types to be assessed on this quiz:

  1. An understanding of what g is and an ability to explain why all objects free fall at a rate of 9.8 m/s/s; an ability to use the value of g to solve kinematic problems. (See packet, pp. 27-30 and do sublevel 10 of MOP)
  2. An ability to identify three factors which effect the amount of air resistance on an object, to describe the effect as direct or inverse, and to explain the effect of air resistance on objects of varying mass, discussing why and when terminal velocity is reached. (See packet, pp. 31-34 and do sublevel 11 of MOP)
  3. An understanding of Newton's first law of motion and its application to a variety of motion phenomena and a recognition of the various misconceptions which are contrary to Newton's thinking. (See pp. 1-4, 9-12 of Packet; T/F survey sheet; do sublevels 2-3 of MOP.)
  4. An ability to recognize the presence or absence of forces in any physical situation and to draw a free-body diagram (illustrating the presence, the type, and the direction of all forces acting upon an object) if given a verbal description of a physical situation. Expect a problem pertaining to air resistance. (See pp. 15-19 of Packet; do sublevels 4-5 of MOP.)
  5. An ability to read a physics word problem regarding forces and acceleration and to use Newton's second law equation to solve for an individual force value or to solve for the acceleration value. Expect a problem pertaining to air resistance. (See Your Turn problems on blue pages of Packet and the several examples done in class; do sublevel 8 of MOP. )

Beware of Those Misconceptions

This quiz will target specific student misconceptions associated with force and motion. In addition to usage of module 3 ("Newton's Laws") of Minds On Physics, students should also give attention to the content of two web pages which complement class discussion. The two pages relate to:


You can view four sample quizzes by using the following links. You should be aware however that there are ocassionally questions on a previous years' quizzes that reflect parts of the unit which we have not yet covered. Your best bet is to use the links provided above to assist in your studying.

Quiz#1 (1994)

Quiz#1 (1995)

Quiz#1 (1998)

Quiz#2 (1998)


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