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Motion and Newton's Laws

When are Motion and Newton's Laws Covered?

Analysis of Motion and Newton's Laws is introduced in ENGR111 during Class 5.2*

These concepts are applied in ENGR111 during Class 7.1*.

*Explaination of Class numbering System


Class 5.2: Analysis of Motion and Newton's Laws
Learn Newton's First, Second, and Third Laws
Apply the First, Second, and Third Laws in unidirectional and mutidirectional problems
  Learn the relationship between position, velocity, and acceleration
Class 7.1: Projectile Motion
  Know the equation to compute the drag force on an object due to air
  Apply Newton's Second Law and the relationship between acceleration, velocity and position to solve a two-dimensional projectile problem including the affects of drag
Prepare and Excel spreadsheet to implement solution to two-dimensional projectile with drag.

Class Agenda

Class 5.2: Analysis of Motion and Newton's Laws
RAT - quiz
Lecture material on definitions on position, velocity and acceleration
Example on one dimensional motion
Lecture material on constant acceleration
Pairs exercise - 15 min
Lecture material on Newton's Laws
Individual exercise on Newton's Laws
Team exercise
Lecture Material on Newton's Law of Gravitation
HW assignment
Class 7.1: Projectile Motion
PAT - quiz
Lecture material on projectitles and drag
Pairs exercise
Lecture material on drag coefficient and drag force
Exercise for projectile problem
Pair exercise - 20 min
Assign softball problem
Pair exercise - 5 min
Think-pair-share exercise

Why are Motion and Newton's Laws Important?

Engineers analyze motion to understand how things operate under various chemical, physical, and mechanical conditions. The understanding of motion can be used to predict on objects motion in future situations.

Engineers use models to predict things such as motion, fluid flow, lift on an airplane wing, movement of neutrons in a nuclear reactor, deflection of beams or columns, etc.

Newton's laws are widely used and a good first example of engineering models.


  • Class 5.2 Powerpoint
  • Class 7.1 Powerpoint

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