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ERIC Number: EJ853429
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 2
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8555
Idea Bank: Wiffle Ball Physics
Lancor, Rachael
Science Teacher, v76 n6 p58-62 Sep 2009
Projectile motion, a cornerstone topic of introductory physics, is usually a student's first exposure to the problem-solving techniques used in this subject. Often, this is an inactive learning experience--students work with pencil and paper to read and solve projectile motion problems (e.g., diagrams and descriptions of balls being hit, kicked, and launched). In the activity described in this Idea Bank, however, students create their own problems by applying their abstract knowledge of projectile motion to something familiar: a Wiffle ball. This activity--which can be done in one 45-minute class period--aligns with National Science Education Standards for force and motion (NRC 1996). (Contains 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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