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  • Minds On Physics Physics 163 Unit 6: Circular Motion Module is available. Check with your teacher for due dates.





  • The Quiz Room provides old quizzes with answers so that students can test their knowledge concerning different concepts.

Unit 6: Circular Motion, Etc.

  • A discussion of Newton's laws and kinematic concepts and their application to circular motion; a variety of informative graphics are provided and common misconceptions are addressed - start in Lesson 1a of Unit 6 at The Physics Classroom.
  • A introduction to the mathematics of circular motion with a few sample problems and discussion - check out Lesson 1e of Unit 6 at The Physics Classroom.
  • An illustration of how to use free-body diagrams and Newton's laws to solve complex circular motion problems; several examples (many of which are identical to the packet problems) with detailed discussion are given on four separate web pages - start in Lesson 2a of Unit 6 at The Physics Classroom.
  • A discussion of Newton's universal law of gravitation, including the apple and the moon argument - start in Lesson 3a of Unit 6 at The Physics Classroom.
  • An illustration of how an inverse square law can be used as a "guide to thinking" about how an alteration in one variable would effect a second variable - see the end of Lesson 3b and of Lesson 3c of Unit 6 at The Physics Classroom. (Be sure to look at the Check Your Understanding sections on these pages.)
  • A discussion of Kepler's laws and their description of planetary motion - check out Lesson 4a of Unit 6 at The Physics Classroom.
  • A discussion of satellite motion, including a discussion of motion characteristics, orbital speed, orbital period and energy conservation - start in Lesson 4b of Unit 6 at The Physics Classroom.
  • Online animation which illustrates the vector nature of the velocity and acceleration of an object in circular motion.
  • Online animation which illustrates the natural tendency of a passenger in a car to follow an inertial, straight-line path.
  • Online animation which illustrates the need for a centripetal force in order for an object to move in circular motion; animation resembles the whiteboard/tennis ball demo performed in class.
  • Online animation which illustrates and discusses the free-body diagram for an object moving through a roller coaster loop.
  • Online animation which illustrates and discusses why satellites can merely be though of as free-falling objects with so great a speed that they fall towards the Earth without ever reaching the Earth.
  • Online animation which illustrates Kepler's second law of motion - the law of equal areas.



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