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Physics Core/AP 1 and 2

Chapter 2: 6-8 Assignment

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Homework

Physics Chapter 2: 6-8: Constant Acceleration

Homework

Reading Preparation

Text Reading: Giancoli, Physics - Principles with Applications, Chapter 2: Sections 6-8

Study Points

Key Equations

The quadratic equation:
a x 2   +   bx   +   c   =   0
Quadratic solution:
x   =   b   ± b 2     4 ac 2 a

Web Lecture

Read the following weblecture before chat: Graphing velocity and acceleration

Study Activity

The website below will either download a Java applet to your computer or run the applet in place, depending on how your browser is configured. You will need Java installed to run the applet locally on your computer.

The "moving man" applet lets you gain some practice with the relationships between position (displacement), velocity, and acceleration. Initially, all the values are set to zero. What happens if you just run the applet without changing the values?

  • What happens if you change position but not velocity or acceleration (i.e., leave these set to zero)?
  • What happens when velocity is set to a constant, such as 2 m/s, while acceleration is set to 0?
  • What happens when velocity is set to a negative constant, such as -2 m/s, while acceleration is set to zero?
  • What happens when velocity is positive and acceleration is positive?
  • What happens when velocity is negative and acceleration is positive?
  • What happens when velocity is positive and acceleration is negative?
  • What happens when velocity is negative and acceleration is negative?

Physics simulation Java Applets are the product of the PHET Interactive Simulations project at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Chat Preparation Activities

Chapter Quiz

Lab Work

If you want lab credit for this course, you must complete at least 12 labs (honors course) or 18 labs (AP students). One or more lab exercises are posted for each chapter as part of the homework assignment. We will be reviewing lab work at regular intervals, so do not get behind!