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ERIC Number: EJ1143259
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-May
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0031-9120
Inseparable Phone Books Demonstration
Balta, Nuri; Çetin, Ali
Physics Education, v52 n3 Article 035006 May 2017
This study is aimed at first introducing a well-known discrepant event; inseparable phone books and second, turning it into an experiment for high school or middle school students. This discrepant event could be used especially to indicate how friction force can be effective in producing an unexpected result. Demonstration, discussion, explanation and experiment steps are presented on how to turn a simple discrepant event into an instructional activity. Results showed the relationships between number of pages and force, as well as between amounts of interleave and force. In addition to these, the mathematical equation for the total force between all interleaved pages is derived. As a conclusion, this study demonstrated that not only can phone books be used, but also ordinary books, to investigate this discrepant event. This experiment can be conducted as an example to show the agreement between theoretical and experimental results along with the confounding variables. This discrepant event can be used to create a cognitive conflict in students' minds about the concepts of "force and motion" and "friction force."
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education; Middle Schools; Junior High Schools
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Language: English
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