A very useful activity to help your students find the average velocity using the inital and final velocities! 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 8 questions centered around finding the average velocity of an object with constant acceleration, given the initial and final velocities.
In my class, I use the idea that the average "falls in the middle" as a grounding point for students as they try to determine the average velocity. Helping students to focus on the idea of average velocity helps them to avoid using an initial or a final velocity as the average in the equation v = d/t as well. It's also important to let students know that they can only use this when there's constant acceleration.
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 for the average velocity given the initial and final velocities (with constant acceleration)
- Solving for the initial or final velocity given the average velocity (with constant acceleration)
- 7 short answer questions
- 1 multiple choice question
- Activity comes in PDF format, ensuring accurate reprints