Physics 2A Content Syllabus
2. Concepts of Motion
How do you visualize motion?
3. Vectors and Scalars
What is a vector and how do you add and subtract them, both graphically and
4. The Language of Motion
How do you quantitatively describe motion in terms of position, displacement,
velocity, speed and acceleration?
5. Developing a Good Problem-Solving
What are the four steps to a good problem-solving strategy?
What are the physical and pictorial representations?
How are position, velocity and acceleration related, both graphically and analytically?
7. Motion with Constant Acceleration
Continuation of the above concept.
8. Motion in Two Dimensions
The kinematic equations are vector equations, so the motion in orthogonal directions
is independent of each other.
9. Projectile and Relative Motion
For a projectile, the acceleration is constant and in the downward direction, so the
velocity in the horizontal direction is constant.
How is relative motion analyzed?
10. Motion in a Circle
For uniform circular motion, the acceleration is constant and always points toward the
center of rotation. This is called centripetal acceleration, and its magnitude is
11. Force and Motion
What is a force, and how do you identify all the forces acting on an object (i.e., the
force body diagram)?
An object’s acceleration is proportional to the net
force acting on the object (i.e.,
laws – the cause of motion). The proportionality constant is the
Continuation of the above concepts.
13. Interacting Objects – Newton’s 3
For every force on an object, there is a force on another object
that is equal in
magnitude and opposite in direction (Newton’s 3
How do you identify these paired forces?