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This unique activity presents eleven interactive challenges designed to help students understand the language of motion. Each challenge requires the student to match the motion of an animated car to the correct verbal description of that motion. After all matches have been completed, students check their answers and try again in case of a mismatch.  

Editor's Note: This activity is ideal for promoting constructivism in the secondary science classroom. It offers learners a low-risk environment for building their own understanding of velocity as a vector quantity, positive and negative acceleration, constant speed, and constant acceleration. It can be adapted for use in both middle and high school. The activity sheet allows teachers to insert the animation quickly into existing lessons.

This resource is part of The Physics Classroom web site, a growing collection of resources for teachers and learners of introductory physics.

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Subjects Levels Resource Types
Classical Mechanics
- Motion in One Dimension
= Acceleration
= Position & Displacement
= Velocity
- High School
- Middle School
- Lower Undergraduate
- Instructional Material
= Activity
= Interactive Simulation
= Problem/Problem Set
= Student Guide
- Audio/Visual
= Movie/Animation
Appropriate Courses Categories Ratings
- Physical Science
- Physics First
- Conceptual Physics
- Algebra-based Physics
- Activity
- Assessment
- New teachers
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© 2011 Tom Henderson
acceleration, constant acceleration, constant velocity, interactive animations, kinematics animations, language of kinematics, language of motion, motion animations, velocity
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AAAS Benchmark Alignments (2008 Version)

4. The Physical Setting

4F. Motion
  • 6-8: 4F/M3a. An unbalanced force acting on an object changes its speed or direction of motion, or both.
  • 9-12: 4F/H8. Any object maintains a constant speed and direction of motion unless an unbalanced outside force acts on it.
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