VCE Specialist Mathematics Units 3 and 4 – Mechanics

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5.1 Mechanics
5.2 Motions in Straight Lines

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In this area of study, students cover an introduction to Newtonian mechanics, for both constant and variable acceleration.

This area of study includes:
• inertial mass, momentum, including change of momentum (conservation of momentum and impulse are not required), force, resultant force, weight, action and reaction
• equations of motion using absolute units (Equations of motion should be described from a diagram, showing all the forces acting on the body, and then writing down the equation of motion. Extensions could include cases involving a system of two or more connected particles. Examples are to be restricted to rectilinear motion, including motion on an inclined plane.)
• motion of a body, regarded as a particle under the action of concurrent coplanar forces (the case of equilibrium should be regarded as an application, where net force is zero).

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