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ERIC Number: EJ860301
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec
Pages: 3
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 1
ISSN: ISSN-0031-921X
Teaching Universal Gravitation with Vector Games
Lowry, Matthew
Physics Teacher, v46 n9 p519-521 Dec 2008
Like many high school and college physics teachers, I have found playing vector games to be a useful way of illustrating the concepts of inertia, velocity, and acceleration. Like many, I have also had difficulty in trying to get students to understand Newton's law of universal gravitation, specifically the inverse-square law and its application to motion. In this paper, I'll outline a way to address this problem through use of a vector game. The inspiration for this idea came from a January 1998 article in "The Physics Teacher" by Michael Vinson entitled "Space Race: A Game of Physics Adventure."
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A