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Applied Physics for the Traffic Crash Investigator  

This course will provide you with a more thorough understanding of the physics that are applied in the reconstruction of a traffic crash or any other incident where motion is involved.

While some of the topics discussed in the course are introduced in basic crash investigation and reconstruction courses, they will be given significantly more in-depth coverage in this course. In addition, Applied Physics for the Traffic Crash Investigator will prepare you for the concepts presented in advanced reconstruction courses using computer modeling.

Topics Include

  • Math overview
  • Work-energy relationships and applications
  • Conservation of linear momentum/impulse (with vector sum analysis using mathematical and graphical methods)
  • Uniform projectile motion/airborne equations
  • Uniform circular motion/critical speed
  • Tire forces and tire mark evidence
  • Time-distance relationships
  • Energy loss in collisions/CRUSH
  • Rotational mechanics/rotation after collision and pitch down in take off
  • Low-speed collision considerations including coefficient of restitution


Law enforcement and private traffic crash investigators, claims adjusters, engineers, attorneys, safety officers, military investigative personnel, animators and graphic designers

Course Length

40 hours


You must have successfully completed IPTM’s Traffic Crash Reconstruction course, or its equivalent.

ACTAR Information

IPTM's Applied Physics for the Traffic Crash Investigator course is eligible for 40 ACTAR CEUs.


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