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ERIC Number: EJ1155524
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Oct
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0031-921X
Vocabulary and Experiences to Develop a Center of Mass Model
Kaar, Taylor; Pollack, Linda B.; Lerner, Michael E.; Engels, Robert J.
Physics Teacher, v55 n7 p409-412 Oct 2017
The use of systems in many introductory courses is limited and often implicit. Modeling two or more objects as a system and tracking the center of mass of that system is usually not included. Thinking in terms of the center of mass facilitates problem solving while exposing the importance of using conservation laws. We present below three laboratory activities that build this systems thinking for introductory physics students.
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Language: English
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