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Jumper, William D. – Physics Teacher, 2012
Many high school and introductory college physics courses make use of mousetrap car projects and competitions as a way of providing an engaging hands-on learning experience incorporating Newton's laws, conversion of potential to kinetic energy, dissipative forces, and rotational mechanics. Presented here is a simple analytical and finite element…
Descriptors: Physics, Hands on Science, Mechanics (Physics), Kinetics
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Watt, Jeanie I.; Roth, Bradley J. – Physics Teacher, 2007
This article is intended as a guide for teaching geomagnetism in a high school or university introductory physics class. Many students find this subject fascinating. Instructors, however, often have a difficult time introducing this topic at an elementary level. Suggestions will be made on how to accomplish this using three electricity and…
Descriptors: Energy, Magnets, Models, Science Instruction