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Physics Honors/AP 1 and 2

Chapter 4: 1-4 Assignment

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Physics Chapter 4: 1-4: Force and Newton's Laws of Motion


Reading Preparation

Text Reading: Giancoli, Physics - Principles with Applications, Chapter 4: Sections 1-4

Study Points

Key Equations

Two forms of Newton's second law of motion: a   =   F m and F   =   m a

Web Lecture

Read the following weblecture before chat: Inertia, Acceleration, and Force

Study Activity

The website below will either download a Java applet to your computer or run the applet in place, depending on how your browser is configured. You will need Java installed to run the applet locally on your computer.

This Basic Force Demo let's you see the interaction between forces, acceleration, .

Forces and Motion: Basics
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You can set up different scenarios with masses and acceleration, with or without friction. Play with this so that you get a sense of how force, acceleration, and resulting velocity are related.

Physics simulation Java Applets are the product of the PHET Interactive Simulations project at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Chat Preparation Activities

Chapter Quiz

Lab Work

If you want lab credit for this course, you must complete at least 12 labs (honors course) or 18 labs (AP students). One or more lab exercises are posted for each chapter as part of the homework assignment. We will be reviewing lab work at regular intervals, so do not get behind!