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Honors 2 Projectile Motion: Textbook, Conceptual Physics, Paul Hewitt

We’re going to learn that the horizontal (sideways) component of motion is always independent of the vertical component of the motion. This isn’t always intuitive to everyone, so sometimes we’ll see a motion that doesn’t match our gut instincts. For instance, what is happening here?

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Projectile motion PPT, by Hewitt.

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AP Physics

Here is the PowerPoint presentation on vectors:

Adding vectors – graphical methods

subtracting vectors – graphical methods

multiplying vectors – graphical methods

adding vectors by components – trigonometry

relative velocity problems

Giancoli Chap 3 Vectors Kinematics in 2 Dimensions

Giancoli Physics, Chapter 3

Giancoli Physics, Chapter 3

Giancoli Physics, Chap 3

Giancoli Physics, Chap 3

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Diving off a cliff Part III Projectile Motion

Learning Standards

Massachusetts Science Curriculum Framework 2016

1. Motion and Forces: Central Concept: Newton’s laws of motion and gravitation describe and predict the motion of most objects.
1.1 Compare and contrast vector quantities (e.g., displacement, velocity, acceleration force, linear momentum) and scalar quantities (e.g., distance, speed, energy, mass, work).

Common Core Standards for Mathematics – Grades 9-12
Standards for Mathematical Practice:

  • Reason abstractly and quantitatively
  • Model with mathematics
  • Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning
Number and Quantity – Vector and Matrix Quantities
  • N-VM.1     Recognize vector quantities as having both magnitude and direction. Represent vector quantities by directed line segments and use appropriate symbols for vectors and their magnitudes.
  • N-VM.2     Find the components of a vector.


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