Students will be able to define point kinematics and describe the relationships between velocity, acceleration, and displacement for a point in motion.

Materials

Graph paper

Pencils

Calculator (optional)

Warm-up

Review the concept of kinematics, and explain that it deals with the motion of objects without considering the forces that cause the motion.

Ask students to give examples of motions that can be described using kinematics.

Write their ideas on the board and discuss as a class.

Direct Instruction

Introduce the concept of displacement, and explain that it is the distance traveled by an object during a given time interval.

Show students how to calculate displacement using the formula

Explain that velocity is the rate of change of displacement with respect to time.

Show students how to calculate velocity using the formula

Introduce the concept of acceleration, and explain that it is the rate of change of velocity with respect to time.

Show students how to calculate acceleration using the formula

Use examples to demonstrate how to use these formulas to calculate displacement, velocity, and acceleration for different types of motion.

Guided Practice

Provide students with a set of motion-related questions and problems, and ask them to solve them using the formulas discussed in class.

Have students work in pairs or small groups, and provide assistance as needed.

Independent Practice

Assign a project-based activity in which students use the concepts learned in class to plan and execute a motion-related project of their choosing. This could be a simulation of a particular scenario (e.g. a golf swing) or the planning and construction of a physical model (e.g. a pendulum).

Closure

Review the key concepts and equations learned in class. Ask students to share their projects and reflect on what they learned during the independent practice.

Assessment

Observe students during the independent practice to assess their understanding of the material.

Collect and grade the projects for completion, accuracy, and presentation skills.

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