November 11, 2016

This is a set of homework questions (with answers) developed for use with the PhET simulation "The Moving Man". It assesses student understanding of position, velocity, and acceleration graphs. It was designed to be implemented in cooperative learning groups. Most of the questions are in multiple-choice format, with a few requiring short written responses. Originally developed for use in in large-enrollment classes, this resource is also appropriate for algebra-based high school physics. "The Moving Man" simulation (which must be running to complete this activity) is available from PhET at: The Moving Man.

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Represent and analyze quantitative relationships between dependent and independent variables.

Use variables to represent two quantities in a real-world problem that change in relationship to one another; write an equation to express one quantity, thought of as the dependent variable, in terms of the other quantity, thought of as the independent variable. Analyze the relationship between the dependent and independent variables using graphs and tables, and relate these to the equation.

Define, evaluate, and compare functions.

Understand that a function is a rule that assigns to each input exactly one output. The graph of a function is the set of ordered pairs consisting of an input and the corresponding output.

Use functions to model relationships between quantities.

Describe qualitatively the functional relationship between two quantities by analyzing a graph (e.g., where the function is increasing or decreasing, linear or nonlinear). Sketch a graph that exhibits the qualitative features of a function that has been described verbally.

Construct and compare linear, quadratic, and exponential models and solve problems

Distinguish between situations that can be modeled with linear functions and with exponential functions.

Recognize situations in which one quantity changes at a constant rate per unit interval relative to another.

Interpret expressions for functions in terms of the situation they model

Interpret the parameters in a linear or exponential function in terms of a context.