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1.0 Unit 1 Overview: Kinematics

1 min readβ€’june 11, 2020

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Peter Apps


The world is always moving! Having the capability to describe the motion around you opens up your surroundings wildly. Kinematics is the branch of mechanics that describes the motion of objects without yet covering what forces cause that motion.Β 
This unit serves as the foundation for all of AP Physics 1. During unit one you will learn to show motion in a written, formulaic, and graphical sense. The exam weight of this unit is 10-16% and it tends to span over ~16-19 forty-five minute class periods.

Progress Check

There are ~ 15 multiple choice questions, and 2 free response questions in the AP Classroom progress check.

πŸ”‘ Key Concepts

  • Frame of Reference
  • Position
  • ScalarΒ 
  • Vector
  • Displacement
  • Distance
  • Velocity
  • Speed
  • Acceleration
  • Center of Mass
  • Free Fall
  • Acceleration due to Gravity
  • Projectiles
  • Angled Launches
  • Vector Components

Key EquationsΒ 

  • S = D/t
  • V = x/t
  • Aavg = V/t
  • Vf = Vo + at
  • x = Vot + 1/2at2
  • Vf2=Vo2 + 2ax
  • x = 1/2 (Vf + Vo)t
  • V = gt
  • Vf = Vo + gt
  • y = Vot + 1/2ft2
  • Vf2 = Vo2 + 2gy
  • y = Voyt + 1/2 gt2
  • Vfy = Voy + gt
  • Vfy2 = Voy2 + 2gy
  • x = Vxt
  • Vox = Vocos()
  • Voy = Vosin()
  • t = 2(Voy)/g

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