A great activity to serve as in introduction to linear motion using v = d/t! Field-tested with hundreds of students and years in the classroom, designed to get maximum results with minimum time invested for both student and teacher!
This activity presents 20 questions designed to help students master the basic concepts of speed and velocity. Students will use what, for many, will be their first physics equation - v = d/t. Problems use a wide variety of situations and descriptions to engage students. Multiple choice problems contain distractors designed to capitalize on common student errors.
This is the most 'dangerous' equation in the course, as students oftentimes incorrectly rearrange equations, both in their heads and on paper. For example, when solving for time students often (incorrectly) perform v / d or v * d instead of the correct d / v. This worksheet will help students avoid these pitfalls as they improve their aptitude.
Correlates with standards and questions on the New York State Regents Exam in Physics. Also aligns strongly with many other standardized test questions in linear motion (AP Physics 1/2, SAT II Physics).
- Solving v = d/t for all variables
- Distinguishing between speed and velocity
- Distinguishing between distance and displacement
- Correctly accounting for direction when solving problems
- Solving problems with relative motion (two objects concurrently in motion)
- 15 short answer questions
- 6 multiple choice questions
- Activity comes in PDF format, ensuring accurate reprints