# Category Archives: Physics

## Incline Plane Problems: how to rotate your point of view.

A common problem presented to the introductory physics student is the “incline problem.”  These problems usually involve  some sort of box, skier, etc. positioned on an incline (or decline) and the student is asked to find the acceleration of the … Continue reading

## Relating Velocity vs. Time Graphs to Position vs. Time Graphs: Constant Velocity

Although physics requires numerous calculations and formulas to solve problems, many introductory physics students face challenges understanding the concepts behind the calculations.  One of the common concepts encountered by beginning physics students is the position vs. time graph and the … Continue reading

## Kinematics: Free Falling Problem

This post will focus on utilizing the basic kinematics equations with one-dimensional motion. We will be analyzing two balls being dropped from a certain height, and how gravity affects these two objects. Problem: Two students are on a balcony a … Continue reading

## Velocity versus Speed: Are they the same?

Velocity and speed are not the same in physics.  Let’s begin with the definition of velocity and then we will see how velocity compares with speed.  The velocity of an object is determined by how far an object travels in a … Continue reading