Physics Themed: Unit 11 "Vectors & Projectiles"

11- Vectors & Projectiles
Summary: Since we’re now masters of accelerated linear motion, we now move beyond “linear” to a second dimension. The key to this unit is realizing that motion in the X direction is independent of motion in the Y direction with time are the common variable that connect X and Y. Everything we learned about Nifty equations still applies, but only for Y. Don’t worry if that sounds complicated, it will make sense as you get into it. While we’ve dabbled with the concepts of vectors a couple of times before, now we get into the math of vectors, specifically the challenge of vector addition. This helps understand 2-d motion and makes it possible to solve complex problems involving two simultaneous motions, like crossing a moving stream or the motion of a plane in air that’s in motion itself. Weather permitting, we’ll get outside and do a stomp rocket lab as well as some indoor labs and demos.

Resources: Online book chapters 3 & 4, work packet, reading packet 5, Tracker, handouts


Unit 11: Projectiles & Vectors

Objectives, Vocabulary & Equations

Objectives, vocabulary & equations

Other important files (resources)

  1. Reading packets 5 & 6
  2. Work Packet - Projectiles & Vectors

Tutorials (right-click and save file locally ("save target as"), then play)

  1. Notes 11-01 - Projectile Motion, describing vectors
  2. Notes 11-02 - Projectile Motion, resolving vectors & projectiles at angles
  3. Notes 11-03 - Projectile Motion, adding vectors to find resulants (using math)


More Links

  1. Unit 11 Notes
  2. Tracker program link
  3. Vector Map Program