Rectilinear Motion

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Lesson Description:

Velocity and acceleration. Acceleration due to gravity. Bounce.

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Additional Resources:
  • Moving Man Applet - A java applet where you can move a man and see a graph of his position, velocity, and acceleration over time.
Questions answered by this video:
  • What is rectilinear motion?
  • How do you find instantaneous velocity in Calculus?
  • How do you find instantaneous acceleration in Calculus?
  • What does a velocity graph look like?
  • What does an acceleration graph look like?
  • How do you solve free fall problems in Calculus?
  • How do you write an equation for a ball bouncing?
  • Staff Review

    • Currently 4.0/5 Stars.
    A very applicable lesson in Calculus. This video discusses instantaneous velocity if we know the position for given times. The graphs and the equations for position and velocity are shown and explained. Acceleration, or the second derivative of the position equation, is also discussed. The animations of the graphs are really helpful in understanding the concepts in the video. Free fall problems common in Physics are explained very well.