Forces and Motion

Thinking about actions to take: Speed

Teaching Guidance for 11-14 Supporting Physics Teaching

There's a good chance you could improve your teaching if you were to:

Try these

  • speaking about duration and distance in order to calculate speed
  • using full quantity algebra when calculating speeds
  • relating calculations on speed to useful examples
  • always being careful about specifying differences (in position, or in clock time) in order to calculate speeds

Teacher Tip: Work through the Physics Narrative to find these lines of thinking worked out and then look in the Teaching Approaches for some examples of activities.

Avoid these

  • uncritical use of the word time
  • achieving fluency at the expense of understanding

Teacher Tip: These difficulties are distilled from: the research findings; the practice of well-connected teachers with expertise; issues intrinsic to representing the physics well.

appears in the relation SUVAT Equations
can be represented by Motion Graphs
has the special case Wave Speed
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