Objectives - Kinematic Concepts

The Minds On Physics program consists of 16 modules - each
covering a separate topic. Each module consists of a varying number
of sublevels. Every sublevel addresses one or two objectives. The
objectives for the Kinematic Concepts module are listed below.

### Kinematic Concepts - Objectives

**Sublevel 1:**
- 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.

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**Sublevel 2:**
- 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.

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**Sublevel 3:**
- 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.

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**Sublevel 4:**
- 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.

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**Sublevel 5:**
- 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.

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**Sublevel 6:**
- The student should be able to use the average speed
equation to perform simple computations and solve word
problems.

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**Sublevel 7:**
- The student should be able to use the average acceleration
equation to perform simple computations and solve word
problems.

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**Sublevel 8:**
- 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.

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