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20G Centrifuge
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This NASA page is an image set illustrating the 20g centrifuge at ...

This NASA page is an image set illustrating the 20g centrifuge at the Ames Research Center. The photographs include two of human subjects strapped in the place at one end of the centrifuge arm.

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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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Aaron Titus
AAPT/PTRA Role of the Laboratory: The Yellow Light Problem
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In this activity from the PTRA Resource Guide "The Role of the ...

In this activity from the PTRA Resource Guide "The Role of the Laboratory in Teaching Introductory Physics", students investigate the timing of a traffic light to see if it is appropriately set. This activity provides a real world example of the use of kinematics.

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AAPT/PTRA Teaching About Kinematics
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This AAPT/PTRA Teacher Resource Guide covers approaches to teaching and learning kinematics. ...

This AAPT/PTRA Teacher Resource Guide covers approaches to teaching and learning kinematics. Based on physics education research, the book provides teachers with the resources needed to introduce students to concepts in motion through step-by-step laboratory-based instruction. Inquiry, measurement, and analysis of laboratory data are emphasized throughout. This book includes materials on measurement of time and space and the distinctions between speed, velocity, and three types of acceleration. It includes laboratory activities, worksheets, transparency masters, teacher notes, typical answers to questions, and helpful hints by master teachers.

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Jim Nelson
Accelerated Frames of Reference: Intertial Forces
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These web pages, authored and curated by David P. Stern, provide an ...

These web pages, authored and curated by David P. Stern, provide an explanation of forces in accelerating reference frames. Topics include centrifugal force and what is felt in vehicles that are speeding up or slowing down. The page is structured in this fashion: inertial forces, unit vectors, a decelerating bus and a lesson on jetliners taking off. This is part of "From Stargazers to Starships," an extensive web site that introduces physics and astronomy using topics in space exploration and space science.

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David Stern
Stern, David P. (David Peter), 1931-
Acceleration
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This lesson plan provides activities for learning about acceleration, and differentiating between ...

This lesson plan provides activities for learning about acceleration, and differentiating between vector and scaler quantities. The distinction between velocity and acceleration is stressed.

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Activity Based Physics Alternative Homework Assignments
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This resource is a collection of introductory physics homework assignments developed as ...

This resource is a collection of introductory physics homework assignments developed as an alternative to traditional textbook exercises. These assignments were designed for use with the Activity-Based Physics instructional method (ABP). Students use observational skills and mathematical modeling, combined with basic physics, to solve problems related to a single situation, such as riding a bicycle or tailgating while driving. Each assignment integrates a variety of concepts and requires students to establish cause and effect relationships. Assignments are available in the following subject categories: mechanics, electricity and magnetism, and waves.

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Activity Based Physics Alternative Homework Assignments: Bicycle
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This web page contains an introductory physics homework assignment relating to the ...

This web page contains an introductory physics homework assignment relating to the motion of a cyclist riding a 12-speed bicycle, developed as an alternative to traditional textbook homework. Students use observational skills and mathematical modeling, combined with basic physics, to solve problems related to the use of a racing bicycle. The problem integrates concepts of torque, friction, force, and acceleration. This item is part of a larger collection of alternative homework assignments designed for introductory physics students. Each assignment poses a series of questions about a single context. To successfully complete assignments, students must think critically about how the physical situation is represented by mathematics.

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Activity Based Physics Alternative Homework Assignments: Rocket Motion
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This web page contains a homework assignment that asks the student to ...

This web page contains a homework assignment that asks the student to solve problems based on the launch and flight of a rocket. Developed as an alternative to traditional textbook homework, this item is based on the work of the Activity Based Physics project (ABP). Students must make estimations and build their own mathematical models to determine which concepts of classical mechanics apply to each section of the problem set. Topics covered include kinematics, Newton's second law, conservation of energy, and projectile motion. This item is part of a larger collection of alternative homework assignments designed for introductory physics students. Each assignment poses a series of questions about a single context. To successfully complete assignments, students must think critically about how the physical situation could be represented by mathematics.

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Patrick Cooney
Activity Based Physics Alternative Homework Assignments: Roller Coaster
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This web page contains an introductory physics homework assignment relating to roller ...

This web page contains an introductory physics homework assignment relating to roller coaster design, developed as an alternative to traditional textbook homework. Students use observational skills and mathematical modeling, combined with basic physics, to design a roller coaster with specified characteristics. The student must formulate a design that is both safe and provides sufficient energy for cars to reach the end of the track. Concepts explored in this problem include gravity, potential and kinetic energy, circular motion, drag due to friction, center of mass, and acceleration. This item is part of a larger collection of alternative homework assignments designed for introductory physics students. Each assignment poses a series of questions about a single context. To successfully complete assignments, students must think critically about how the physical situation could be represented by mathematics.

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Edward F. Redish
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Activity Based Physics Alternative Homework Assignments: Tailgating
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This page contains an alternative homework problem related to tailgating and the ...

This page contains an alternative homework problem related to tailgating and the related physics. Users will be prompted to make calculations about stopping distance in a vehicle traveling at high speed behind another. The problem is designed to allow students to independently explore inertia in motion and the relationship between mass and inertia. This item is part of a larger collection of alternative problems based on physics education research.

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Addressing learning difficulties in Newtons 1st and 3rd Laws through problem based inquiry using Easy Java Simulation
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This paper describes an Easy Java Simulation (EJS) model for students to ...

This paper describes an Easy Java Simulation (EJS) model for students to visualize Newtons 1st and 3rd laws, using frictionless motion and a spring collision during impact. Using Physics by Inquiry instructional (PbI) strategy, the simulation and its problem based inquiry worksheet aim to enhance learning of these two Newtonian concepts. We report results from Experimental (N=62 students) and Control (N=67) Groups in 11 multiple choice questions pre and post tests, conducted by three teachers in the school. Results suggest, at 95 percent confidence level, significant improvement for concept of Newtons 1st Law while not so for Newtons 3rd Law. A Focus Group Discussion revealed students confirming the usefulness of the EJS model in visualizing the 1st Law while not so much for the 3rd Law. We speculate the design ideas for constant velocity motion in the computer model coupled with the PbI worksheet did allow for making sense and experiencing of the 1st Law, where traditional pen-paper representations could not.

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Khoon Song Aloysius Goh
Kim Wah Yip
Loo Kang Wee
Ping Yong Jeffrey Toh
Sze Yee Lye
Aerospace Lesson Plans
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This is a National Aeronautics and Space Administration-sponsored collection of hands-on aeronautics ...

This is a National Aeronautics and Space Administration-sponsored collection of hands-on aeronautics activities, geared to K-8, that emphasize inquiry through exploration. Concepts include lift, drag, propulsion, Bernoulli's, and airfoil. Lessons can be used as stand-alone modules or as part of a unit. These materials are subject to the Federal Information Act guidelines.

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Donald James
Airplane on a String
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Students analyze the motion of a toy airplane on a string using ...

Students analyze the motion of a toy airplane on a string using information from the video (a visible force scale, a frame-counter & an overlaid protractor). These measurments allow them to determine the mass and speed of the aircraft as well as the length of the string that constrains it.

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Amusement Park Physics
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It's one thing to learn about physics in a lab, but it ...

It's one thing to learn about physics in a lab, but it can be quite another thing to make a pilgrimage to an amusement park to take in the laws of physics. Users will have to supply their own corn dogs and popcorn, but this rather nice educational resource from Annenberg Media will be quite useful for budding physicists and their teachers. The resource allows users to design their own roller coaster, and along the way they will learn a thing or two about the laws of gravity, pendulums, and kinetic energy. Along with explanatory essays, this resource contains interactive graphics and a glossary of terms. Sit back and enjoy the virtual roller coaster ride, as this site provides a rather novel way of introducing students to physics.

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Internet Scout Project
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Amusement Park Physics, 2nd Edition: Supplemental Materials
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These materials are written to supplement the book Amusement Park Physics, 2nd ...

These materials are written to supplement the book Amusement Park Physics, 2nd Edition by Clarence Bakken. They include descriptions of contests, projects, and demonstrations related teaching physics through amusement park rides. There is also a set of short histories of Physics Day at four amusement parks to provide ideas for improving these events, examples of data taken on amusement park rides, and a Powerpoint presentation on vertical loops on roller coasters. The Amusement Park Physics book will be available from the AAPT store in the Spring of 2011.

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Clarence Bakken
Analytic Trajectory Visualizer Model
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The Analytic Animator allows instructors to create two-dimensional single-particle kinematics models for ...

The Analytic Animator allows instructors to create two-dimensional single-particle kinematics models for teaching. Instructors set two functions, x(t) and y(t), and the model displays the position-space particle motion as well as position, velocity, and acceleration graphs and tables. The customized simulation is then saved with associated curricular as a new jar file that can be redistributed. The Analytic Trajectory Animator Model was created using the Easy Java Simulations (EJS) modeling tool. It is distributed as a ready-to-run (compiled) Java archive. Double clicking the ejs_newton_TabletopProjectile.jar file will run the program if Java is installed.

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Analyzing Forces and Motion Graphs by Riding an Elevator
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This activity is an indoor lab where students will make predictions of ...

This activity is an indoor lab where students will make predictions of what a force vs time and acceleration vs time graph will look like for a ride in an elevator going down and up. Students will collect data remotely using a Force Plate and accelerometer and then download the data to the computer for further analysis.

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Hoehne, Kim
Kim Hoehne
Analyzing a Direct Measurement Video of a Ballistic Pendulum
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Ballistic Pendulum is an activity that utilizes the Law of Conservation of ...

Ballistic Pendulum is an activity that utilizes the Law of Conservation of Energy and the Law of Conservation of Momentum to determine the velocity of a Peanut M&M that is shot from a cannon into a cup. The activity walks students through the problem step by step to get the outcome, asking conceptual and math problems along the way to obtain the final product: the velocity of the Peanut M&M.

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by Christopher R. Smith Lake Mills High School christopher.smith@lakemills.k12.wi.us Based on the video from Peter Bohacek, Henry Sibley High School
Andy Darvill's Science Site: Energy Resources
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This award-winning web page is devoted to the study of energy sources, ...

This award-winning web page is devoted to the study of energy sources, both renewable and non-renewable. It features multimedia content on nine sources of energy: fossil fuels, solar, wind, geothermal, nuclear, biomass, hydroelectric, tidal, and ocean waves. Each section is supported with video clips, diagrams, schematics, and images of how the energy source is used to deliver power. The author discusses advantages/disadvantages of each energy source and provides links to additional information for extended learning. The content of this resource is written at a Grade 9 level. Extensive integration of video, diagrams, and schematic drawings makes the collection especially appropriate for accommodating a variety of levels and learning modalities.

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Andy Darvill