Day 2.24 Using v vs. t Graphs to Quantitatively Analyze Accelerated Motion

Tues. Mar 4, 2014



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This isn’t the best picture to show it, but we quizzed on using quantitatively accurate v vs. t graphs to analyze accelerated motion.  We have not derived any of the standard kinematic motion mathematical models.  With the exception of defining acceleration as change in velocity over a change in time.  All problem solving is being done with the understanding that the slope of a v vs. t graph is the acceleration and the area under the graphed line is the displacement.  From here it is just using simple algebra and/or some basic geometry.

I much prefer this approach over the standard plug and chug of equations.  I feel the students get a much better sense of what they are solving for and how to relate the actual motion of an object to the numbers we are solving for.


About bradwysocki

I teach high school Chemistry and Physics using Arizona State University's Modeling Method. The school I teach in is Bloomer HS in Northwest Wisconsin. I've been using the Modeling Method for 7 years now and have just recently begun using Standards Based Grading as a way to assess my students learning.
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