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Motion and Forces

Motions and Forces

TermDefinition
Position The location of an object.
Speed The distance traveled divided by the time interval during which the motion occurred.
Reference Point A location to which another location is compared.
Motion An objects change in position relative to a reference point.
Vector A quantity that has both size and direction.
Velocity The speed of an object in a particular direction.
Acceleration The rate at which velocity changes over time.
Centripetal Acceleration The acceleration directed toward the center of a circular path
Force A push or pull exerted on an object in order to change the motion of an object.
Net Force The combination of all the forces acting on an object.
Inertia The tendency of an object to resist a change in motion unless an outside force acts on the object.
Gravity A force of attraction between two objects due to their mass.
Free Fall The motion of a body when only the force of gravity is acting on the body.
Orbit The path that a body follows as it travels around another body in space.
Created by: 19warrent0618