About the Courses
The Force, Motion and Energy course addresses these National Science Education Standards:
- The motion of an object can be described by its position, direction of motion, and speed. That motion can be measured and represented on a graph.
- An object that is not being subjected to a force will continue to move at a constant speed and in a straight line.
- If more than one force acts on an object along a straight line, then the forces will reinforce or cancel one another, depending on their direction and magnitude. Unbalanced forces will cause changes in the speed or direction of an object’s motion
- Energy is a property of many substances and is associated with ……. mechanical motion. Energy is transferred in many ways.
Force, Motion and Energy course topics:
- timing things
- balanced forces
- force and energy
- uniform motion
- accelerated motion
- force and acceleration
- potential and kinetic energy
- friction; vibration
Force, Motion and Energy course topics: Course content objectives
- How to assess the accuracy of a measurement, and how to communicate this to others.
- How Newton's Laws of Motion apply to everyday situations
- Distinguish between the concepts of mass and weight
- The relationship between force and the amount of energy transferred
- The significance of the conservation of energy
- The correct meaning of and application of the various kinds of energy: kinetic energy, gravitational energy, elastic energy, potential energy.
- How to understand and calculate speed, velocity, and acceleration.
- How to interpret graphs of position versus time, to determine the speed, and how to interpret graphs of velocity versus time, to determine the acceleration.
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