ERIC Number: EJ912887
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 6
"Apparent Weight": A Concept that Is Confusing and Unnecessary
Bartlett, Albert A.
Physics Teacher, v48 n8 p522-524 Nov 2010
Two recent articles make prominent use of the concept of "apparent weight." The concept of "apparent weight" leads to two confusing inconsistencies. We need to know that with very little change in our representations, we can give our students an improved understanding of "weight" without ever having to invent the appealing but confusing concept of "apparent weight."
Descriptors: Student Motivation, Scientific Concepts, Science Education, Physics, Science Instruction
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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