Main Kinematics & Dynamics Unit I:Kinematics & Dynamics

Kinematics & Dynamics

The term kinematics has its origin in the Greek word kinesis, which means motion. Kinematics is that branch of physics which involves the description of motion, without examining the forces which produce the motion. On the other hand, dynamics, from the Greek dunamis (power), is the description of motion and the forces which produce it. An understanding of kinematics and dynamics is essential in physics. Newton's Laws of motion help us to describe the forces in Dynamics and are therefore a very important part of this unit. Emphasis will be placed on developing and understanding these laws.

Foundational Objectives and the Common Essential Learnings

In this unit students will increase their abilities to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of using a systematic, organized, logical, and structured approach towards solving kinematics problems in physics.
  • Perform activities to collect and analyze data on objects in motion.
  • Make reasonable numerical estimates when solving problems.
  • Participate in group discussions and work cooperatively with others.
  • Transfer an understanding of kinematics to familiar experiences and practical applications.
  • Assess technological developments for their appropriateness, economic benefits, health issues, and their impact on the environment.
  • Conduct risk analysis to explore the impact of technology on society and on the environment.
  • Use a wide range of possibilities for developing their knowledge of the major concepts within physics. (COM)
  • Develop an understanding of how knowledge is obtained, evaluated, refined and changed within physics. (CCT)
  • Strengthen their knowledge and understanding of how to compute, measure, estimate and interpret mathematical data, when to apply these skills and techniques, and why these processes apply within the particular framework of physics. (NUM)
  • Access knowledge. (IL)


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