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.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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.

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

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

• 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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