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Freely Falling Objects

  • Near the surface of the Earth, the acceleration due to gravity is a constant given by 9.8 m/s2 and it is always directed vertically down.
  • When dealing with objects moving up and down, displacement, velocity, and acceleration may be positive or negative. Usually, the upward direction is chosen as the positive direction; then, any quantity directed downward (such as the acceleration due to gravity) is negative.

Freely Falling Objects

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  • Intro 0:00
  • Acceleration Due to Gravity 0:11
    • Dropping an Object at Certain Height
  • Signs : V , A , D 7:07
    • Example: Shooting an Object Upwards
  • Example: Ground To Ground 12:13
    • Velocity at Maximum Height
    • Time From Ground to Ground
    • Shortcut: Calculate Time Spent in Air
  • Example: Object Short Downwards 30:19
    • Object Short Downwards From a Height H
    • Use of Quadratic Formula
  • Example: Bouncing Ball 41:00
    • Ball Released From Certain Height
    • Time Until Stationary
    • Coefficient of Restitution
  • Example: Bouncing Ball. Continued 53:02
  • Extra Example 1: Object Shot Off Cliff
  • Extra Example 2: Object Released Off Roof
  • Extra Example 3: Rubber Ball (Coefficient of Restitution)