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Kinematics resources

March 18, 2015

Here is a collection of my favourite resources when teaching kinematics.  If you use different ones, please add them in the Comments at the bottom.

Distance- and Velocity- Time graphs:

The Universe and More Graph Game

and

PhET simulation (The Moving Man)

(PhET has dozens of high quality applets, if you’ve not seen them before.)

Vector addition of velocities:

Mythbusters clip (via YouTube)

Deriving the Equations of Motion for Uniform Acceleration:

My own worked derivation (via YouTube)

Introducing projectiles:

The Mega Whoosh (beware!) (via YouTube)

Simple practice with projectiles:

PhET simulation (Projectile Motion)

Independence of vertical and horizontal motion:

Mythbusters clip (via YouTube)

The Monkey and the Hunter:

Alom Shaha’s Monkey and Hunter videos (National STEM Centre video)
(Teacher instructions version and student version)

and

Stage show clip from University of Minnesota
Also available on YouTube here.

(Both have parent pages, full of other videos, incidentally:
National STEM Centre Physics Demonstration Films and
University of Minnesota Physics Outreach Programme )

Worked examination questions:

DrPhysicsA Worked example questions (via YouTube)

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2 Comments
  1. Friday Afternoon Physics’ Mechanics pack is excellent. I carry out the final “Motion Graphs” section as the picture round of a pub quiz. I have the descriptions on a PowerPoint and give paper copies of all six graphs to each student (all small groups). They then have to choose a graph that matches the description. Some require quite deep thinking – eg “An acceleration–time graph where the rate of increase of acceleration is decreasing”.

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