Unit 3 Activity 3 - Linear Motion with d = vit + (1/2)at²

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An excellent activity to help students master linear motion problems, specifically targeting on the equation d = vit + (1/2)at²! 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 contains 20 questions designed to allow students to explore the equation d = vit + (1/2)at². Solving for displacement, acceleration and time (when the object is initially at rest), students will be prepared for any question the most widespread exams ask in this area!

This equation is popular, both in 'random' linear motion questions and in projectile motion (especially horizontal projectiles). Developing proficiency at this equation early on helps students when they're confronted with the deeper 'physics' of projectile motion, as they're not mentally bogged down by the algebra.

This activity does *not* include problems solving for time when the object is initially moving (i.e., when the quadratic equation would be appropriate to utilize).

Problems use a wide variety of situations and descriptions to engage students. Multiple choice problems contain distractors designed to capitalize on common student errors.

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).

Activities:
- Solving d = vit + (1/2)at² for displacement
- Solving d = vit + (1/2)at² for acceleration
- Solving d = vit + (1/2)at² for time when object starts at rest
- Correctly accounting for direction in problems
- Using direction in answers, both with and without cues

Contents:
- 6 multiple choice questions
- Activity comes in PDF format, ensuring for accurate reprints
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