Straight Line and Projectile Motion

Some of the content here provides a bridge from the core GCSE work on velocity and acceleration and the associated graphs, moving on to Newton’s laws of uniformly accelerated motion. When the SUVAT equations are introduced to students it is common for them to see this as ‘new’ physics rather than just the application of the definitions of velocity and acceleration together with the graphs that they are familiar with (and the associated gradients and areas under them). As a teacher, you may wish to spend some time showing that these equations have come from what they already have studied and feel comfortable with.

When studying motion it is common for students to muddle and merge speed, velocity and acceleration into ‘movement’ and not adequately differentiate between them and it is worth considering this question with respect to your own class before you develop the ideas here. The EPSE project from the University of York has some simple but valuable diagnostic questions on motion that could be used as part of lesson sequence to help you as a teacher identify prior understanding in this topic before you move on. The materials are available HERE

This collection has some some classic physics demonstrations here with plenty of tips about how to set them up and get the most out of them.

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