In the previous unit, we studied simple straight-line motion (linear motion). We distinguished between motion with constant velocity, such as a bowling ball rolling horizontally, and accelerated motion, such as an object falling vertically projectile motionunder the influence of gravity.  Now we extend these ideas to nonlinear motion- motion along a curved path.  Throw a baseball and the path it follows is a curve.  This curve is a combination of constant velocity horizontal motion and accelerated vertical motion.  We’ll see that the velocity of a thrown ball at any instant has two independent “components” of motion- what happens horizontally is not affected by what happens vertically (Prentice Hall Conceptual Physics-Paul Hewitt)

website resources

Lectures and Notes:

Syllabus (Conceptual Physics)
Notes Chapter 5
PowerPoint Lecture Chapter 5
Practice Quiz: Chapter 5


Worksheet: Defining Terms Chapter 5
Worksheet: Concept Review Chapter 5
Worksheet: Equation Review Chapter 5
Worksheet: Independence of Motion

Labs and Classroom Activities:

Lab: Pendulum Motion
Lab: Juggling
Lab: Independence of Motion
Lab: Hit the Cup
Lab: Rubber Band Cannon
Lab: Projectile Motion

Textbook Resources:

Conceptual Physics Paul Hewitt
Hewitt Drew-it


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