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Linear Kinematics Unit Syllabus

Text: Holt Physics – by Serway and Faughn.



Due on this class[2]

If you miss this class:




-Hand out Course Policy

-Fill out information sheet

-Speed Trap/Uncertainty

-Tour of the Website assignment

-Data collection assignment for No reason to Speed

Bring: Your smiling face

Bring: Paper and pencil

Turn in: Completed information sheet

Turn in: Speed trap (In class) (indiv)


Watch: Videos A1 (?)

Watch: Videos for the Speed Trap Lab

Watch and Read: Info on the No Reason to Speed Lab





-Review Dimensional analysis (DA)

-Math pretest

Video (all): Tour of the Website

Bring: A calculator (every day hereafter :-)

Read: 2-1[3], 1-2 to 1-3

Read: This syllabus!

Watch: Videos A1, A2 (?)


Sept 12/13

-Work in groups on Speed and DA Quizlette

-NRTS and Homework reminder

Turn in: Speed and DA Quizlette

Watch: Videos A1, A2 (?)

Work on Speed and DA Quizlette on your own


Sept 14/15

-Quiz on Course Policy

-Work on No Reason To Speed Lab

Check: Practice 2.1 #1-8[4]

Read: Course Policy

Read: Course Policy

Make up the course policy quiz



Sept 18/19

-Acceleration and vector velocity

Turn in: No reason to Speed lab  (indiv)

Check: Practice 2.1 #9-16

Turn in: Practice 2.1 #1-16

Read: 2-2, pp 48-51

Watch: Videos B-D



Sept 20/21

-Lateral Accelerometer assignment

-Work on Acceleration Quizlette

Turn in: Acceleration Quizlette

Work on Acceleration Quizlette on your own


Sept 22/26

-Qualitative graphs of position

-Moving Plots equipment demo

-Work on Moving plots lab

-Hand out FA 2.1, 2.2

Check: Practice 2.2 #1-6



Read: 2-2, pp51-58

Watch: Videos for the moving Plots Lab

Watch: Videos G




-Qualitative graphs of velocity

-Finish up Moving Plots Lab graphs

-Finish FA 2.1, 2.2

Check: Practice 2.2 #17-22

Turn In: Practice 2.2 #1-6, 17-22

Watch: Videos for the moving Plots Lab

Watch: Videos H


Sept 29/

Oct 2

-Positive and negative accelerations on graphs

-Cha cha cha and Vernier motion cart lab


Come in and make up these labs




-Tangent Lines for Moving Plots lab

-Summative Assessments on:

-SA 2.1 Speed

-SA 2.2 Acceleration

Turn in: Moving plots lab (Pairs)

Turn in:  FA 2.1, 2.2

Turn in all formative work from 2.1 or 2.2 that you want credit for

Watch: Videos for the moving Plots Lab

Make up your Summative assessments




-Solving Linear Kinematics problems


Watch: Videos E

Read: 2-3


Oct 9/10

-Work on How Far Quizlette


Work on How Far Quizlette on your own


Oct 11/12

-Finish How Far Quizlette

-Reaction time lab

Turn in: How Far Quizlette

Check:  Practice 2.3 #1-5, 21, 22

Work on How Far Quizlette on your own

Make up the reaction time lab


Oct 16/17

-Free Fall and Terminal velocity


Check: Practice 2.3 #6-10, 23, 24

Turn in: Practice 2.3 #1-10, 21-24[5]

Turn in: Air Rocket Lab  (indiv)

Turn in: Reaction time lab  (indiv)

Watch: Videos F


Oct 18/19

-Work on Free Fall Quizlette

Turn in: Free Fall Quizlette

Work on How Far Quizlette on your own


Oct 20/23

-Measuring the Initial Velocity of an Air Rocket  lab

-Air Rocket Calculations

-The Range Equation (Magic!!)

Check: Practice 2.4 #1, 2, 3


Get data from a group member and do the calculations yourself


Oct 24/25

-Warmup – calculate angle

-Reminder about lateral Accelerometer assignment…

-Air Rocket Competition: Hitting a target

Check: Practice 2.4 #4, 5, 6

Turn In: Practice 2.4 #1-6

Video: Video Z





-Formative Assessments on:

-FA 2.3 Basic Kinematics

-FA 2.4 Free Fall kinematics






-Accelerometers judged

 -Summative Assessments on:

-SA 2.3 Basic Kinematics

-SA 2.4 Free Fall Kinematics

-Finish your lateral accelerometer lab writeup?

Turn In:  FA 2.3, 2.4

Turn in all formative work from 2.3 or 2.4 that you want credit for

 Bring: Your lateral accelerometer

Turn in: Your completed Lateral Accelerometer lab write-up signed by your parents.  (indiv)




·         7 Labs:

o    Speed Trap Lab – Timing cars,   No handout /20 pts  (indiv)

o    No Reason to Speed Lab – Spreadsheet and questions /40 pts  (indiv)

o    Air Rocket Lab – Initial velocity outdoors, No handout /30 pts  (indiv)

o    Reaction Time Lab – Dropping meter stick  /20 pts  (indiv)

o    Moving Plots Lab – tape timer and cart /40 pts (pairs)

o    Cha3 and Vernier Motion Cart Lab /20 pts (group)

o    Rocket Competition – No write-up required

o    Lateral Accelerometer Lab – Do at home, bring the jar+writeup on the day after the test /20 pts   (indiv)

·         4 Formative Quizlettes (In class group work)

o    Quizlette 2.1 - Speed /36 pts

o    Quizlette 2.2 - Acceleration /28 pts

o    Quizlette 2.3 - How Far

o    Quizlette 2.4 - Free Fall

·         4 Formative Homework  Assignments:

o    Practice 2.1 #1-16 /32 pts

o    Practice 2.2 #1-6, 17-22 /24 pts

o    Practice 2.3 #1-10, 21-24 /28 pts

o    Practice 2.4 #1-6 /30 pts

·         4 Formative/Summative Assessments: (10 pts ea)

o    2.1 Speed

o    2.2 Acceleration

o    2.3 Basic Kinematics

o    2.4 Free Fall Kinematics





[1] This is the block of the syllabus, and the numbers that follow are the dates that they will happen, the first is for A day classes, the second for B.

[2]Note that this column is for things to be checked at the beginning of class, or turned in at the end.  

[3] This is section 2-1.  It starts on page 40 of your textbook.

[4] Do these on a separate sheet of paper, show your work, not just the answers.  We will check them at the beginning of class, and I will stamp them.  If you want an extra stamp, put the problem on the board, and be able to explain it.

[5] Turn this in all stapled together if you used different sheets.  Label it "Practice 2.3" :-)