ERIC Number: EJ1007732
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jan
Abstractor: As Provided
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Modeling Terminal Velocity
Brand, Neal; Quintanilla, John A.
College Mathematics Journal, v44 n1 p57-61 Jan 2013
Using a simultaneously falling softball as a stopwatch, the terminal velocity of a whiffle ball can be obtained to surprisingly high accuracy with only common household equipment. This classroom activity engages students in an apparently daunting task that nevertheless is tractable, using a simple model and mathematical techniques at their disposal.
Descriptors: Physics, Accuracy, Motion, Teaching Methods, College Mathematics, Measurement Techniques, Measurement Equipment, Learning Activities, Models
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