Term:
Mechanics
Definition:
Study of the motion of objects and the
related concepts of force and energy
Term:
Kinematics
Definition:
Description of how objects move
Term:
Dynamics
Definition:
Deals with force and why objects
move as they do
Term:
Translational motion
Definition:
Movement without rotating
Term:
Particle
Definition:
Mathematical point that has no size

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Term:
Reference frame
Definition:
Measurement of position, distance, or
speed
Term:
Coordinate axes
Definition:
XY axes- can be placed for
convenience and are always
perpendicular
Term:
Position
Definition:
X coordinate for one dimensional
motion
Term:
Displacement
Definition:
How far the object is from its starting
point
Term:
Distance
Definition:
Change in position

Term:
Vector
Definition:
Quantity with magnitude and direction
Term:
Average speed
Definition:
Total distance traveled along its path
divided by the time it takes to travel
this distance
Term:
Speed
Definition:
How far an object travels in a given
time interval
Term:
Velocity
Definition:
Signifies magnitude of how fast an

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