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André-Marie Ampère was a French physicist and mathematician who is generally regarded as one of the main founders of the science of classical electromagnetism, which he referred to as "electrodynamics".

Among others, he is the inventor of the SI unit of measurement of electric current, but you will recognize him by the ampere, which was named after him. Nevertheless, what we truly should thank him for is kinematics.

Named by him from the Greek name for motion “kinema”, kinematics provides us with the language and the mathematical tools to describe motion, be it the motion of a charging pachyderm or a charged particle.

“Into what can the study of kinematics be abstracted?”, “What can be used to describe the movements of components of a mechanical system?”, and “What are kinematic chains?”. These questions, if answered correctly, will help you find the key to movement.

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Kinematics is the branch of classical mechanics concerned with the motion of various objects without reference to the forces which cause the motion. This physics quiz consists of ten questions of Kinematics to test your knowledge...

Questions: 10  |  Attempts: 17757   |  Last updated: Apr 26, 2021
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    A person walks due East for 10 meters and then due North for 10 meters. What is the total distance traveled?

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    Which one of the following is an example of a vector quantity?

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You may take this quiz up to 3 times.  The quiz is open through Sunday, September 11th. (Some questions are review questions, some are new!)

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    Change in position is called ____________.

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    Suppose that an object travels from one point in space to another. Make a comparison between the displacement and the distance traveled.


Kinematics Questions & Answers

What is the average speed of a car that travels 30 meters in 10 seconds, then another 50 meters in 30  seconds?
V_avg = (x2 - x1) / (t2 - t1)x2 = 30m + 50m = 80mx1 = 0t2 = 30s + 10s = 40sv_avg = (80m - 0m) / (40s - 0s) = 2 m/s
How do you calculate displacement?
In order to calculate the displacement, one could simply draw a vector from the starting position up to the final position. The length of this vector line would give the displacement. Displacement is hence also referred to as the shortest distance be
What is the total displacement?
I think the answer should be 14.14 for this question.
What are their speeds when they hit the street?
Correct answer is the 2 objects are traveling at the same speed. Neglecting air resistance, an object thrown up has the same speed as the second object thrown down from the top of a building since the initial speed is the same. The one thrown up is
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