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ERIC Number: EJ1160683
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Nov
Pages: 1
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0031-921X
An Introductory Calculus-Based Mechanics Investigation
Allen, Bradley
Physics Teacher, v55 n8 p500 Nov 2017
One challenge for the introductory physics teacher is incorporating calculus techniques into the laboratory setting. It can be difficult to strike a balance between presenting an experimental task for which calculus is essential and making the mathematics accessible to learners who may be apprehensive about applying it. One-dimensional kinematics is a common way to do so and has been discussed in this publication. This article outlines a two-dimensional kinematics experiment that is straightforward for students to perform, but for which the ideas of differentiation and maximizing are necessary to justify the results theoretically. It also leads to a satisfying result that ties into a derivation which students may recognize.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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