Kinematics resources

A collection of my favourite resources when teaching kinematics.


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


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)


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)

Eclipse resources

Here are two PowerPoint presentations I’ve put together for teachers at my school to use with their classes prior to Friday’s partial eclipse (20th March).  Feel free to use/modify them for use with your own classes it they’re any use to you.

This one is basic, aimed at tutors getting their tutor groups in the mood:

Eclipse for tutors

This one is aimed more at science teachers able to talk their classes through the slides (see slide notes).  The underlying original images are taken from Google searches or this PPT that John Hudson has put on TES Resources.  Sorry, that’s the best I can do by way of acknowledgement!

Eclipse for science teachers

Fingers crossed for clear skies!