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From Study Modules for Calculus-Based General Physics
Copyright © 1975 CBP Workshop, University of Nebraska–Lincoln.
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Enough of this physics where things move along straight lines only! We know that most interesting real-life motions involve curves of many and varied shapes. This module extends your understanding of kinematics from one dimension to two dimensions. To accomplish this, you will combine your knowledge of calculus and vectors with concepts like position, displacement, velocity, speed, and acceleration.

Two important applications that will be utilized many times in later modules are covered here. First is the motion of a particle experiencing constant acceleration, e.g., a baseball in flight. Second is the motion of a particle in a circular path with a constant speed, e.g., an earth satellite in circular orbit.

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