Advanced PlacementCollegeHigh School / Physics

Work and Kinetic Energy

Students use a Smart Cart and dynamics system to investigate the relationship between the change in kinetic energy of an object experiencing a non-zero net force and the work done by that net force on the object, and then use their data to establish a measurement-based relationship between work and kinetic energy.


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07_AP1_Work_and_Kinetic_Energy_GI.docx 136.83 KB
07_AP1_Work_and_Kinetic_Energy_SD.docx 135.92 KB
07_AP1_Work_and_Kinetic_Energy_S.docx 200.80 KB

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Standards Correlations

IB Topics AP Topics
2.3 4.C.2.1; 4.C.2.2

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Advanced Physics 1 Lab Manual

Work and Kinetic Energy