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ERIC Number: EJ931175
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0031-9120
Playground Fun Demonstrates Rotational Mechanics Concepts
Thompson, Michael; Barron, Philip; Chandler, Charles; Shaw, Katie; Hannafin, Kieran
Physics Education, v45 n5 p459-461 Sep 2010
It might be said that physicists experience life somewhat differently from other people. Whether turning a corner in a car or observing a sunset there is an inherent need to understand, as well as to appreciate, the beauty of everyday life. There is no better an example of this than the rides in a children's playground. The playground holds a whole host of physics demonstrations: circular motion, angular momentum, energy transformations and simple harmonic motion to name a few. Playgrounds can be used across the whole range of abilities and from the lower years up to, as demonstrated in this article, providing enrichment to an upper-sixth class at the tail end of their A-level course. (Contains 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 6
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom