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Litany for Kinematics Problems
[©2004 RJ Bieniek]
Learning proper methods for solving homework problems will lead to improved performance on exams.
This Litany will cover onedimensional kinematic techniques.
The same procedures apply to solving
higherdimensionality problems (e.g., 2D) along each axis.
A fully worked example is given showing
these techniques on the back of this sheet, with the relevant "suggestion" numbers below circled at the
steps.
You will find that following this procedure will rather assuredly lead you to a correct answer
.
Suggested Steps
("suggested" means "must" in
Bieniek's Newspeak Dictionary
)
1. Draw a basic representative sketch of the physical situation.
2. Draw and appropriately label vectors for the relevant dynamical quantities (e.g., initial velocity
v
i
and
acceleration
a
) that you are given in both initial and final states.
If you do not know the direction of a
particular vector, you may wish to put a small question mark next to it.
These can be superimposed on
the sketch if done clearly, with the vectors drawn
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