Physics Unit 6 - Centripetal Motion and Gravitation

High School, College, and AP Physics 1


The first portion of this course covers Centripetal Motion, also known as circular motion. We will explore how an object can travel in a curved path. We will describe its motion in detail as well as analyze the forces required to maintain uniform circular motion. I find students often understand the concept of circular motion, however as with many physics topics, there are a lot of misconceptions we have when truly trying to understand the physics involved.

The second portion of this course will cover an always fascinating topic - gravitation. We will explore the fundamental forces of gravity quite a bit in this course. What factors influence the gravitational force? What affects does gravity have on motion? We will setup many free-body diagrams and explore some difficult algebraic setups.

While these two components of this course, Centripetal Motion, and Gravitation, are not necessarily connected to each other, we will explore how we can connect them. This will allow us to look at many other neat topics such as orbits, satellites, periods of revolution and rotation, and more.


Your Instructor


Corey Mousseau
Corey Mousseau

Corey Mousseau is a highly qualified classroom science teacher in New York State. He has been teaching physics and related courses in NY State for over 15 years.

Physics is often overwhelming for many students. Over the years Corey has mastered the art of exciting students into falling in love with this wonderful field of science. Through a blend of conceptual understanding, demonstrations, and quantitative analysis Corey has found the correct formula for engaging individuals into highly successful physics students.

Corey holds a degree in secondary education in physics as well as a master's degree in integrating technology in the classroom. He a high school Cross Country Coach, a Science Olympiad Coach, and a New York State Master Teacher. Corey has a lovely wife, two young boys, and teachers at Plattsburgh High School in upstate NY.

While at Plattsburgh High School (PHS) Corey has had the opportunity to teach many different courses which have all had a focus on excellence, rigor, and mastery.

Courses Corey currently teaches during the traditional school day:

  • AP Physics 1
  • AP Physics 2
  • NY State Regents Physics
  • AP Physics C: Mechanics
  • Robotics 1
  • Robotics 2
  • Science Olympiad

Corey has been a dedicated science teacher since he was 22 years old and has influenced countless students along the way. His students show him respect, admiration, and commitment and he provides them with the same. Ask any student at PHS - Mr. Mousseau cares and is more than willing to help you become the strongest physics student you can.


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