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Kinematics Vocabulary
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Physics
10th Grade
09/20/2012

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Term
 Kinematics
Definition
 The study and description of motion, without regard to its causes, for example, we can calculate the end point of a robot arm from the angles of all its joints.
Term
 Scalar
Definition
 a mathematical quantity or physical phenomenon that only a magnitude (size).
Term
 Vector
Definition
 is a mathematical quantity or physical phenomenon that has both a magnitude and direction.
Term
 Position
Definition
 this is precisely where an object is located.
Term
 Distance
Definition
 is a scalar quantity that refers to "how much ground an object has covered" during it's motion.
Term
 Displacement
Definition
 is a vector quantity that refers to "how far out of place and object is"; it is the objects overall change in position.
Term
 Speed
Definition
 is a scalar quantity that refers to "how fast an object is moving." Speed can be thought of as the rate at which an object covers distance.
Term
 Velocity
Definition
 is a vector quantity that refers to "the rate at which an object changes its position."
Term
 Acceleration
Definition
 is a vector quantity that is defined as the rate at which an object changes its velocity.
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