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Modeling Instruction Program: Inertia Worksheet 1-Sketching Forces
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This item is a worksheet/assessment on inertia for students of introductory physics. ...

This item is a worksheet/assessment on inertia for students of introductory physics. It contains 18 drawings of a block-like object. The object is depicted both at rest and in various types of motion. Differing forces are applied to the block, and students are asked to sketch all the forces acting on the object, as well as the appropriate vector arrows. This assessment was developed to accompany a related educator's guide for teaching a unit on the topic of Newton's First and Third Laws. <b>SEE RELATED ITEMS</b> on this page for a link to the educator's guide. This item is part of a larger collection of resources and pedagogic materials developed by the Modeling Instruction project at Arizona State University.

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ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
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Jane Jackson
Larry Dukerich
Activity Based Physics Alternative Homework Assignment: Electrical Safety 1
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This homework assignment is a realistic problem based on household electrical circuits. ...

This homework assignment is a realistic problem based on household electrical circuits. The user must make estimations of physical parameters from the properties, sizes, and shapes of common objects. Topics covered include Ohm's Law, resistivity, capacitance, alternating current, and circuits.

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Physics
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ComPADRE Digital Library
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ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Author:
Edward F. Redish
Patrick Cooney
Drought (Lab 1): Where's the Water?
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Using data on the world's water distribution, students calculate the percentage of ...

Using data on the world's water distribution, students calculate the percentage of water that is available to humans and examine graphics that illustrate the distribution. Students develop a sense of where the world's water is located and how it moves through the Earth system.

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Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
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Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
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Teach the Earth
Problem-Based Learning: Galilei 27 Orbiting Iris 2 (Part 1)
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This item is Part 1 of a two-part experiential learning activity for ...

This item is Part 1 of a two-part experiential learning activity for beginning physics students relating to the universal law of gravitation. This scenario involves Spacecraft Galilei, which is orbiting Iris, a planet with a smaller radius and lower mass than Earth. Students must determine the acceleration at orbital height and the force exerted on Galilei in orbit. They will then calculate the gravitational acceleration on the surface of the planet, the force exerted by the planet on a measuring instrument, and the time it takes for that instrument to fall to the planet’s surface. <i>Allow two hours</i> In keeping with Problem-Based Learning (PBL) pedagogy, students will separate useful from irrelevant data, then collaborate to apply physics in finding solutions. This resource includes a printable student manual and links to background information on the Problem-Based Learning (PBL) instructional method. Registered users may also access a teacher's guide. <b>SEE RELATED ITEMS ON THIS PAGE</B> for a link to Part 2 of this problem.

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Space Science
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ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
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Camil Cyr
Caroline Viger
Problem Based Learning: Collision Investigation (1-D)
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This item is a PBL (Problem-Based Learning) activity for introductory physics relating ...

This item is a PBL (Problem-Based Learning) activity for introductory physics relating to conservation of momentum, frictional force, and kinetic energy. This scenario involves a car crash in which a small car is struck broadside by a vehicle of more than double its mass. Students have the task of determining whether either driver engaged in reckless driving. To solve the problem, students work cooperatively to determine the coefficient of friction on the roadway, velocity of each vehicle at the time of the crash, and velocity of the vehicles prior to braking. They will use a combination of strategies: Work-Energy Theorem and kinematic equations. PBL is an instructional method designed to strengthen student competency in reasoning and problem-solving. The activities mirror real scenarios encountered by practicing scientists and engineers. Learners sift through information to separate useful from irrelevant data, locate missing information on their own, and then apply physics in finding solutions. This resource includes a printable student manual and a password-protected teacher's guide with solutions and tips for instructors.

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Physics
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ComPADRE Digital Library
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ComPADRE Classroom-Ready Resources
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
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Camil Cyr
Workshop Physics Activity Guide, The Core Volume: Mechanics I: Kinematics and Newtonian Dynamics (Units 1-7), Module 1
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The volume advertised on this page contains a set of student workbooks ...

The volume advertised on this page contains a set of student workbooks designed to serve as the foundation for a two-semester calculus-based introductory physics course. The course consists of 28 units that interweave text materials with activities that include prediction, qulaitative observation, explanation, equation derivation, mathematical modeling, quantitative experiments, and problem solving. Students use a powerful set of computer tools to record, display, and analyze data, as well as to develop mathematical models of physical phenomena. The design of many of the activities is based on the outcomes of physics education research.

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Education
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Physics
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ComPADRE Digital Library
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ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Author:
Priscilla W. Laws
Ejs Intro 1D Motion Lab Model
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The Introductory Physics 1D Motion Lab asks students to develop a computer ...

The Introductory Physics 1D Motion Lab asks students to develop a computer model for a ball moving vertically under the influence of gravity. When the file is opened, it is initially programmed with a mass moving at constant velocity. It is assumed that students have first collected data of a basketball or volleyball bouncing under a motion detector. The lab instructions fully explain how to build the computer model using Easy Java Simulations modeling tool. The students will learn how to modify the model to simulate a bouncing ball, define variables, calculate relationships, and change the properties for plotting the graph. The calculus is done for the student. <i>Editor's Note: The Easy Java Simulation tool greatly reduces the amount of programming required to develop computer models. Exercises in student-generated modeling are becoming much more widespread in physics education because of the opportunities for students to test and apply their own prototypes to explain and predict physical phenomena.</i> This resource is distributed as a ready-to-run (compiled) Java archive. In order to modify the simulation (and see how it is designed), users must install the <i>Easy Java Simulations Modeling and Authoring Tool</i>. <b>SEE RELATED MATERIALS</b> for a link to install the EJS modeling tool.

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Computing and Information
Technology
Education
Physics
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Activity/Lab
Full Course
Interactive
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ComPADRE Digital Library
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ComPADRE Classroom-Ready Resources
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Author:
Anne Cox
Mario Belloni
National Science Foundation
Wolfgang Christian
PhET Teacher Ideas & Activities: Ramp Activity 1: Using free body diagrams for motion on an incline
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These materials are developed specifically to accompany PhET's Ramp simulation, which explores ...

These materials are developed specifically to accompany PhET's Ramp simulation, which explores the relationship between applied force, work, and energy. Clicker questions, a lesson plan, and student directions are included. See Related items on this page for a link to "The Ramp" simulation. This item is part of a larger collection of resources developed by the Physics Education Technology project (PhET).

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Engineering
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Mathematics
Physics
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ComPADRE Digital Library
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ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Author:
Trish Loeblein
Physics by Inquiry: Volume 1
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This book is the first volume in a two-volume set of laboratory-based ...

This book is the first volume in a two-volume set of laboratory-based modules in which the emphasis is on the development of concepts and scientific reasoning skills. Students work collaboratively in small groups, conduct investigations with simple equipment, and use their observations as a basis for constructing scientific models. These instructional materials are especially appropriate for preparing prospective and practicing teachers to teach physics and physical science at the pre-college level. Modules feature narrative, experiments, problems, and exercises on properties of matter, heat, light, magnets, and astronomy.

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Education
Physics
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Activity/Lab
Textbook
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ComPADRE Digital Library
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ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Author:
Lillian C. McDermott
University of Washington Physics Education Group
SEI: Upper-Division Electrodynamics (E&M 2) Course Materials
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This web site contains a complete suite of resources suitable for the ...

This web site contains a complete suite of resources suitable for the second semester of an undergraduate electricity and magnetism class. The materials developed include a suite of clicker questions, in-class activities, homework problems, and other assessments. The topics covered include Maxwell's time-dependent equations, AC circuits, conservation laws, electromagnetic waves in vacuum and media, potentials and gauge transformations, radiation & special relativity. This package of course materials also contains implementation guides, an archive of several past E&M II courses at the University of Colorado, and supporting materials such as explicit learning goals, relevant education research articles, and notes on common student difficulties. The materials are available in Word, Powerpoint, and PDF formats to facilitate their adaptation and implementation by others. Assessment materials are available from the authors upon request. The authors of these materials are seeking feedback to help in the refinement and improvement of these course materials and assessments.

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Physics
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ComPADRE Digital Library
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ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Author:
Charles Baily
Michael Dubson
Steven J. Pollock
Problem-Based Learning: Galilei 27 Orbiting Iris 2 (Part 2)
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This item is Part 2 of a two-part experiential learning activity for ...

This item is Part 2 of a two-part experiential learning activity for beginning physics students relating to Newton's Second Law and net force. The problem presents a mock space mission, with students trying to land the spacecraft Galilei on planet Iris. They work cooperatively to calculate the velocity required to maintain a stable orbit at 140 km above the planet's surface. They then determine the thrust necessary to decelerate the spacecraft for smooth landing. <i>Allow two hours</i> In keeping with Problem-Based Learning (PBL) pedagogy, students will separate useful from irrelevant data, then collaborate to apply physics in finding solutions. This resource includes a printable student manual and a password-protected teacher's guide with solutions and tips for instructors. (Accessing the teacher's guide requires registration with the authors.) <b>SEE RELATED ITEMS ON THIS PAGE</B> for a link to Part 1 of this problem.

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Education
Physics
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ComPADRE Digital Library
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ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Author:
Camil Cyr
Caroline Viger
The Electricity Book Part 2: What Is Electricity?
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This item is an interactive Flash tutorial that introduces a very simple ...

This item is an interactive Flash tutorial that introduces a very simple model of electron flow through an electric circuit. It was developed to help students form correct qualitative concepts of electric current prior to studying the more complex properties of electric field and potential. It is part of a larger collection of online learning activities published by the Birmingham (UK) Grid for Learning.

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Education
Physics
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ComPADRE Digital Library
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Modeling Science Textbook Chapter 2: Introduction to Easy Java Simulations
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This chapter provides an overview of Easy Java Simulations (Ejs for short), ...

This chapter provides an overview of Easy Java Simulations (Ejs for short), the high-level modeling and authoring tool that we will use to make our models explicit and to run these models to study their behavior. To provide a perspective of the modeling process, we first load, inspect, and run an existing simple harmonic oscillator simulation. We then modify the simulation to show how Ejs engages the user in the modeling process and greatly reduces the amount of programming that is required.

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Computing and Information
Technology
Education
Physics
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Textbook
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ComPADRE Digital Library
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ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Author:
Francisco Esquembre
Wolfgang Christian
Physics Educators as Designers of Simulation using Easy Java Simulation ( Ejs ) Part 2*
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A paper from the 2012 Winter Meeting of the American Association of ...

A paper from the 2012 Winter Meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers that describes how Easy Java Simulations is used in Singapore to promote computer-based educational innovation.

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Education
Physics
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ComPADRE Digital Library
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ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
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Loo Kang Wee
2-D Collision of Pucks -- Center of Mass Velocity
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This lab uses Tracker video analysis software to measure and analyze the ...

This lab uses Tracker video analysis software to measure and analyze the center of mass of a system of two pucks during a two-dimensional collision. Students measure the initial and final velocity vector for each puck and calculate the center-of-mass velocity of the system before and after the collision and show that it is constant. Tracker can automatically calculate and mark the center of mass in each frame, so it is easy to see that the center of mass velocity is constant and calculate its value from graphs of center-of-mass variables. The zip file contains the lab handout, a video showing a 2-D collision of pucks, and the Tracker file. The video copyright is Flashmedia. To open the Tracker file, download and run Tracker from <a href="http://www.cabrillo.edu/~dbrown/tracker/">http://www.cabrillo.edu/~dbrown/tracker/</a>. Tracker is free. The videos can be used with other video analysis software; however, the handout has screen captures from Tracker and instructions specifically written for Tracker.

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Technology
Education
Physics
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ComPADRE Digital Library
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ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
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Aaron Titus
WISE Project: Modeling Static Electricity 2008
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This is a free internet-based module for high school physics on the ...

This is a free internet-based module for high school physics on the topic of electrostatics. The lesson begins with a short video clip of a car catching on fire during refueling. The driving question of the unit is: what caused the fire and how can we use a knowledge of electrostatics to prevent these accidents? The module provides students with modeling experience, digital note-taking, and guided investigation. It blends hands-on labs with computer simulations and interactive tutorials. <i>Editor's Note: Prior registration is required to access this resource. Click below for a direct link to the registration page:</i> <a href="http://wise.berkeley.edu/join/"target="_blank">WISE Teacher Registration</a> (University of California-Berkeley) WISE is a free online science environment offering standards-based modules designed to complement traditional classroom instruction. <b>SEE RELATED MATERIALS</b> for a link to the full collection.

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Technology
Education
Physics
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Activity/Lab
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Interactive
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ComPADRE Digital Library
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ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Author:
Ji Shen
National Science Foundation
NFW 2009: The Open Source Physics Computational Physics-Education Digital Library Collection
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A description of Open Source Physics tools and pedagogy that limit the ...

A description of Open Source Physics tools and pedagogy that limit the amount of programming when designing, implementing, distributing, and using computer models. We describe the integration of the Easy Java Simulations modeling and authoring tool with the comPADRE National Digital Library.

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Computing and Information
Technology
Education
Physics
Material Type:
Lecture Notes
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ComPADRE Digital Library
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ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Author:
Wolfgang Christian
Tracker Introduction to Video Modeling (AAPT 2010)
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This introduction to video modeling includes a tutorial on modeling a simple ...

This introduction to video modeling includes a tutorial on modeling a simple projectile and an exercise on modeling an oscillating cart slowed by friction. This self-contained Launcher package, developed for use in the AAPT 2010 Summer Meeting workshop W20 entitled "Computer Modeling and The Physics Classroom Web Resources," includes html descriptions, videos and the Tracker video modeling tool in a single executable jar file.

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Computing and Information
Technology
Education
Mathematics
Physics
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Activity/Lab
Data Set
Lesson Plan
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ComPADRE Digital Library
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ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Author:
Douglas Brown
NC Science Teachers Association 2011 PhysicsQuest Workshop
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Abstract: A NC Science Teachers Association workshop featuring resources for middle and ...

Abstract: A NC Science Teachers Association workshop featuring resources for middle and high school physics that help teachers prepare interactive lessons without sacrificing family time. PhysicsQuest kits capture student interest. Tracker analyzes student-made videos of experiments. ComPADRE has ready-to-use digital resources. All resources are free and some kits available for take home. Teachers learn how the PhysicsQuest kit can be used with students to solve the mystery explained in the accompanying comic book and how to use the Tracker video modeling tool and the ComPADRE digital library as inquiry-based learning tools to further enhance understanding of physics. All resources are free!

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Technology
Education
Physics
Material Type:
Lecture Notes
Provider:
ComPADRE Digital Library
Provider Set:
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Author:
Barbara Christian
Wolfgang Christian