Translational Motion

Translational Motion

Translational motion is the motion of an object at its center of mass from one position to another. In this webinar, we will discuss basic translational motion concepts like vectors, units, key translational motion equations and how to apply them to 1-D translational motion as well as projectile motion.

At a glance


Essential skills

  • Break vectors into individual components

  • Read and interpret translational motion graphs

  • Apply translational motion equations to 1-D and 2-D translational motion situations


Knowledge Fundamentals

  • Vectors vs scalars

  • Vector sum and vector components

  • Units

  • Translational motion graphs

  • The 3 translational motion equations

  • Projectile motion


On the MCAT

  • As a whole, physics, especially mechanics, is not high yield. Still, it's often a source of panic for students. MCAT mechanics questions are rarely that involved or passage-oriented. Most are discrete.

  • Doing too much math for a physics problem is usually not a good sign.


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