Physics Unit 5 - Friction, Inclined Planes, and Atwood Machines

High School, College, and AP Physics 1


This course is a continuation of linear dynamics in which we cover more advanced topics. This course begins with an in depth analysis of the force of friction. We will cover what the force of friction is and how it is effected.

We will then tilt our learning a bit and cover the dynamics of inclined planes with and without friction involved. The final portion of this course covers a more complex setup within dynamics - Atwood's Machines.

This unit builds upon the prior unit, Linear Dynamics, quite a bit. We will cover many complex arrangements of applying Newton's Laws and will review many different free-body diagrams.



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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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