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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.

What to Bring


  • A scientific calculator


  • Work clothes for outside activities (including inclement weather)
  • Camera and equipment to document field exercises

ACTAR Information

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

What Our Students Are Saying

  • “Good thorough explanations of theory and background. Excellent instructors and thorough take-home materials.” – S.B. Engineer
  • “Both instructors have such a vast amount of knowledge and experience that it is easy to get questions answered and trust what they are teaching.” – Det. G.P.
  • “All the topics provided a better understanding of the dynamics and physics involved in vehicular collisions.” – Sgt. N.H.
  • “I learned new material and methods for solving speed and velocity.” – Ofc. N.H.
  • “The instructor was very knowledgeable in the field and was able to answer any question he was asked.” – PFC A.I.
  • “Instructor had the knowledge and experience to teach class, used it well and related concepts and real world collision applications.” – S.G.




Schedule Changes

This schedule is subject to change without notice. If you have not received an official confirmation email prior to the first day of class, please contact us at (904) 620-4786 or before traveling or making airline reservations.

Registration and Fees

Full payment must accompany all registrations. You may register online and pay with your Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express credit card, or you may download a Registration Form and mail it to IPTM with a check.

Cancellation/Refund Policy

Complete the Cancellation Request Form and return it to IPTM. No telephone cancellations will be accepted. A 20% administrative fee will be assessed to all refunds if the cancellation request is received within 14 days of the course start date. In lieu of a refund, student substitutions can be made or a credit can be issued for a future course. No refunds will be given for no-shows. If materials for an online course were sent to the student, the appropriate materials and shipping costs will be deducted from the refund amount. Materials may be returned to IPTM in their original condition at the student's expense. Once IPTM has received and inspected them, the refund will be processed.

Due to the automated format of online independent study courses and Videos on Demand (VoDs), no refunds or substitutions can be made after registration.

Course Confirmations

A minimum number of registrations must be received for an in-person class to run as scheduled. When the minimum criterion has been met, written confirmation will be emailed to you. Please do not travel or make airline reservations until you receive written notification confirming that the course will run as scheduled.

Transportation and Lodging

Most locations are served by several major airlines. Transportation, food and lodging are the responsibility of the student. For information on training locations, please visit our Locations page or call us at (904) 620-4786. For courses in Jacksonville, the University of North Florida maintains a list of area hotels on the Campus Travel Management page.

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