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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.


Applied Physics for the Traffic Crash Investigator
    9/30/2019 - 10/4/2019 Tempe Arizona    
Class times:  8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Fee: $825.00
Location Information:  Tempe/APS Joint Fire Training Center
Room TBD,  1340 East University Drive Tempe, AZ 85281

Applied Physics for the Traffic Crash Investigator
    11/4/2019 - 11/8/2019 Jacksonville  Florida    
Class times:  8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Fee: $825.00
Hotel and Location Information:  IPTM - University of North Florida
Adam W. Herbert University Center, 12000 Alumni Drive, Jacksonville, FL  32224