We’re going to learn about kinematics, which is the words scientists use to explain the motion of objects. By learning about scalars, vectors, speed, velocity, acceleration, distance, and more, you’ll be able to not only accurately describe the motion of objects, but be able to predict their behavior. This is very important, whether you’re planning to land a spaceship on a moon, catapult a marshmallow in your mouth from across the room, or win a round of billiards.
One of the best things you can do with this unit is to take notes in a journal as you go.
Snap photos of yourself doing the actual experiment and paste them in alongside your drawing of your experimental setup. This is the same way scientists document their own findings, and it’s a lot of fun to look back at the splattered pages later on and see how far you’ve come. I always jot down my questions that didn’t get answered with the experiment across the top of the page so I can research it more later. Are you ready to get started?