ERIC Number: EJ943434
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 7
A Very Persistent Mistake
McClelland, J. A. G.
Physics Education, v46 n4 p469-471 Jul 2011
Articulated bodies with an internal energy source require to be coupled to an external mass in order to accelerate themselves but the typical text book assertion that the net force is provided by the external mass is not correct. Arguments are presented demonstrating that the assertion is incorrect and reasons are suggested for the persistence of this mistake.
Descriptors: Energy, Science Activities, Science Instruction, Physics, Scientific Principles, Misconceptions, Scientific Concepts, Mechanics (Physics)
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