A great activity to help students begin to understand the importance of direction in an object's motion.
In this activity, students will determine resultant motion of objects affected by a perpendicular current or wind. (i.e. a boat moving north in a river whose current moves to the east) In addition, some problems incorporate the 'first' motion equation 'v = d/t' to determine the distance traveled by a moving object.
Selected questions model the dreaded 'boat problem' where students must determine the time it takes a boat to cross a river in a current.
Activities can be completed before instruction in kinematics topics, or worked into existing curriculum.
Correlates with standards and questions on the New York State Regents Exam in Physics.
- Create scaled vector diagrams
- Determine the resultant of two perpendicular vectors
- Determine the distance and displacement of objects traveling at a constant speed
- Determine the component displacements of objects traveling at a constant speed
- 5 resultant construction problems
- 4 'v = d/t' problems
- 2 'boat problems'
- Extra blank sheet of graph paper included
- Metric ruler and protractor required
- Activity comes in PDF format, ensuring for accurate reprints