In this unit we will describe how things move in two dimensions. Our tool will be vector operations, which will allow us to examine displacement, velocity, and acceleration of objects moving in plane. Our exemplar will be projectile motion.
RESOURCES FOR THIS UNIT:
- Lesson Plan with Objectives and Homework Assignment
- Guided Notes
- Lab – Horizontal Range Analysis of Upwardly-Launched Projectiles
Full teacher notes available by request via email to Michelle.Burgess@avonlakecityschools.org
from an official educational institution email address.
- Vector practice (Keep hitting “next” after each page. This is a very helpful site.)
- Projectiles (Same comment. The first page has a lot of text on it. Don’t be overwhelmed. Stick with it and keep hitting “next.”)
- This is a nice, simple animation of the path of a projectile.
- This sim from PhET at the University of Colorado at Boulder is a great way to generate practice problems and then test them out. It’s actually fun!!! 🙂
- The following pages from The Physics Classroom are more conceptual but are also helpful, particularly if you are lost on some of the basics. Besides, who doesn’t want to see the banana reach the monkey? 🙂
- Vector Direction
- Vector Addition: 6 + 8 = ???
- Vector Addition: The Order Does NOT Matter
- The Plane and The Wind
- The River Boat
- Parabolic Motion of Projectiles
- The Monkey and The Zookeeper
- Horizontally Launched Projectiles
- Non-Horizontally Launched Projectiles
- Maximum Range
- The Plane and The Package
- The Truck and The Ball
- A Satellite as a Projectile