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ERIC Number: EJ901507
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Nov
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 3
ISSN: ISSN-0143-0807
Rigid Body Motion in Stereo 3D Simulation
Zabunov, Svetoslav
European Journal of Physics, v31 n6 p1345-1352 Nov 2010
This paper addresses the difficulties experienced by first-grade students studying rigid body motion at Sofia University. Most quantities describing the rigid body are in relations that the students find hard to visualize and understand. They also lose the notion of cause-result relations between vector quantities, such as the relation between torque and angular momentum. Consequently, the understanding of physical laws and conservation principles in free rigid body motion is hampered. This paper presents the capabilities of a 3D simulation, which aims to clarify these questions to the students, who are taught mechanics in the general physics course. The rigid body motion simulations may be observed at, and are intended to complement traditional learning practices, not replace them, as the author shares the opinion that no simulation may fully resemble reality. (Contains 6 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Bulgaria