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This page is all about learning the relationships between position, velocity and acceleration.
- Written Materials
- Video: The Velocity Vector
- Video: Acceleration Along a Straight Line
- 1D Interactive Web Simulation
- Video: Acceleration Along Curved Paths
- 2D Interactive Web Simulation
This document covers fundamental definitions of position, velocity, and acceleration that will be used throughout the course.
Here we discover, through the definition of the derivative, that the velocity vector for a particle is always tangent to the particle’s path.
When an object is constrained to move along a straight line the acceleration takes on a specific form.
Click here to experiment with an interactive web simulation that illustrates the concepts above. [It is recommended that you use a desktop or laptop computer to run this simulation.]
When an object moves along a curved path, it experiences a centripetal acceleration perpendicular to the path. The video shows where this acceleration comes from.
Elsewhere, I show you how to quantify this acceleration.
Click here to experiment with a 2D Interactive web simulation that illustrates the concepts above. It is recommended that you use a desktop or laptop computer to run this simulation.