Lesson Plan: Kinetic Energy Mathematics
This lesson plan includes the objectives, prerequisites, and exclusions of the lesson teaching students how to calculate the kinetic energy of a moving particle of mass 𝑚 that moves with a velocity of magnitude 𝑣.
Students will be able to
- recall and state the definition of kinetic energy,
- calculate the kinetic energy of an object given its mass and velocity,
- calculate the mass or velocity of an object given its kinetic energy,
- solve real-world problems involving kinetic energy,
- calculate kinetic energy when the velocity is given in vector form,
- use kinetic energy in combination with Newton’s second law to solve problems,
- use kinetic energy in combination with the equations of motion to solve problems.
Students should already be familiar with
- vector notation and dot products,
- Newton’s second law of motion,
- the equations of motion.
Students will not cover
- the work–energy principle.