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Multi-Dimensional Motion

In this module, we will expand our study of Kinematics to multi-dimensional motion. While we could make a linear motion problem that we have studied previously into a multi-dimensional motion problem by rotating our coordinate axis so that the object doesn't move along any of the coordinate axis, this is not usually done by physicists as it makes the math harder.

Motion along a curved path with our present level of math skills requires us to deal with multi-dimensional motion. We will deal in detail with two special cases: projectile motion and circular motion.

For those students who decide to go on to more advanced study at a university, you will discover in your advanced physics and math courses that there are additional coordinate systems (curvilinear coordinates) besides just polar coordinates that can simplify more complicated curved motion into simpler one dimensional or multidimensional problems.   

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