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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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Jane Jackson
Larry Dukerich
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
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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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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Camil Cyr
Ramps 1: Let it Roll!
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In this activity about ramps, learners explore and measure the rate at ...

In this activity about ramps, learners explore and measure the rate at which spherical objects roll down a ramp. Learners discuss why different ramps work better than others and practice procedures for testing designs and recording results. Learners can design, build, and test their own ramps in "Ramps 2: Ramp Builder," a follow-up activity (see related resource).

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Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
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Verizon Foundation Thinkfinity Program
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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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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Trish Loeblein
Balloon Rockets in 1D
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In this structured inquiry activity students will work in groups/ teams to ...

In this structured inquiry activity students will work in groups/ teams to build a balloon rocket of their own design. The rocket will race in one dimension and require that they apply their knowledge of position, time, and velocity.

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Physics
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Mary Hoelscher
David Maloney's Physics Examples: Dynamics Example 1-Accelerating Boat
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This item is an annotated homework problem relating to acceleration and force ...

This item is an annotated homework problem relating to acceleration and force for introductory physics students. The author provides explicit, sequential explanations of the steps needed to determine the net force on a boat accelerating along a straight line. This resource is intended to supplement classroom instruction and traditional text material. It is part of a larger collection of similar introductory physics problems.

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David Maloney
Modular Approach to Physics: Planetary Motion 1
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This applet simulates the motion of a single planet around a star. ...

This applet simulates the motion of a single planet around a star. The user can alter the eccentricity and semi-major axis of the orbit, and the velocity of the star relative to a fixed background. The applet can show the acceleration of the planet, and its velocity relative to a stationary observer, or relative to the star. This item is part of a larger collection of physics simulations sponsored by the MAP project (Modular Approach to Physics).

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Science NetLinks: Systems 1-Simple Machines
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This lesson plan is the first of a two-part series for grades ...

This lesson plan is the first of a two-part series for grades 3-5 on the topic of simple machines. It is designed to develop student understanding of the interactive nature of parts in a system. Students work cooperatively to explore a variety of simple machines and discover how they are broken down into interactive parts. Three related activities are accessed online, and would extend the lesson to 3 days. A shorter lesson can be done without the need for computer access. Included is a printable student activity sheet. This is part of a larger collection of lessons, all of which are aligned to AAAS Benchmarks for Science Literacy.

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David Maloney's Physics Examples: Kinematics Example 10-Projectile Thrown Off a Cliff
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This item is an annotated homework problem in projectile motion for introductory ...

This item is an annotated homework problem in projectile motion for introductory physics students. The author provides explicit explanations of the steps required to determine where the projectile will land, given initial speed and height of the cliff. This resource is intended to supplement classroom instruction and traditional text materials. It is part of a larger collection of similar physics homework problems.

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David Maloney
Florida Solar Energy Center: K-12 Curricula
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This website contains nine sets of curriculum materials on renewable energy sources, ...

This website contains nine sets of curriculum materials on renewable energy sources, organized into units of instruction for Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. In the High Energy Hydrogen units, students investigate how a fuel cell converts energy directly into usable electric power and why the process is pollution-free. The award-winning Solar Matters collection includes manuals for building a solar "still" to desalinate water, exploring properties of photovoltaic cells, and experimenting with fuel cells. Printable lesson plans are supplemented with interactive games and activities for use in the science classroom. Each instructional unit is aligned with science education standards.

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David Maloney's Physics Examples: Kinematics Example 12-Working Backwards
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This item is an annotated homework problem relating to position, velocity and ...

This item is an annotated homework problem relating to position, velocity and acceleration for introductory physics students. This item is an example of "Working Backwards", in which equations are presented, with students required to visualize and construct physical situations that could have produced the equations. This resource is intended to supplement classroom instruction and traditional text materials. It is part of a larger collection of similar physics homework problems.

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Chapter 15: Authoring Curricular Material
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The Authoring Curricular Material Chapeter of the OSP User’s Guide describes Launcher ...

The Authoring Curricular Material Chapeter of the OSP User’s Guide describes Launcher and LaunchBuilder and shows how these programs are used to author, organize, and run Java-based curricular material. In order for most instructors to use OSP material in their courses (or in their educational, experimental, or theoretical research), the various physical models already available must be easily accessible, modifiable, and distributable. The paradigm for authoring, organizing, and running curricular material described in this Chapter uses the Launcher and LaunchBuilder programs to accomplish this goal.

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Mario Belloni
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EJS CSM Textbook Chapter 17: Visualization and Rigid Body Dynamics
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The EJS adaptation of An Introduction to Computer Simulation Methods Chapter 17 ...

The EJS adaptation of An Introduction to Computer Simulation Methods Chapter 17 studies affine transformations in order to visualize objects in three dimensions. We then solve Euler's equation of motion for rigid body dynamics using the quaternion representation of rotations.

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David Maloney's Physics Examples: Dynamics Example 2-Acceleration in a Pulley System
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This item is an annotated homework problem relating to Newton's Second Law ...

This item is an annotated homework problem relating to Newton's Second Law for introductory physics students. The author explains the steps needed to find string tension in a pulley system when given distance, mass, and angle of incline. Free body diagrams and additional sequential explanations are then provided to find the acceleration of the blocks attached to the pulley. This resource is intended to supplement classroom instruction and traditional text materials. It is part of a larger collection of similar introductory physics problems.

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David Maloney
Physics Classroom: Double Trouble in 2 Dimensions
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This interactive tutorial explains how to approach two-body force problems involving pulleys ...

This interactive tutorial explains how to approach two-body force problems involving pulleys and strings. Several examples are presented with simple explanations and informative graphics to provide students with a solid grasp of problem solving methods. Related student and teacher resources are included, and a "Check Your Understanding" section allows students to self-assess their learning. This is part of The Physics Classroom Tutorial series, a set of instructional pages aimed at introductory physics students looking for a better grasp of basic concepts.

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Tom Henderson
Workshop Physics Activity Guide, Mechanics II: Momentum, Energy, Rotational and Harmonic Motion, and Chaos (Units 8 - 15), Module 2
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This student workbook is part of a set of workbooks designed to ...

This student workbook is part of a set of workbooks designed to serve as the foundation for a two-semester calculus-based introductory physics course consisting of 28 units that interweave text materials with activities that include prediction, qualitative observation, explanation, equation derivation, mathematical modeling, quantitative experiments, and problem solving. This workbook covers momentum, energy, rotational and harmonic motion, and chaos.

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Priscilla W. Laws
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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ComPADRE Digital Library
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Author:
Camil Cyr
Caroline Viger