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ERIC Number: EJ1203649
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Feb
Pages: 3
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0031-921X
Feeling Newton's Second Law
Coletta, Vincent P.; Bernardin, Josh; Pascoe, Daniel; Hoemke, Anatol
Physics Teacher, v57 n2 p88-90 Feb 2019
Physics instructors recognize the value of kinesthetic experience in learning fundamental physics concepts. We describe a kinesthetic experiment appropriate for both college and high school physics students. The experiment helps students achieve an intuitive understanding of Newton's second law in a way they find quite enjoyable. It was devised by one of us over 20 years ago and has been performed by thousands of students at Loyola Marymount University (LMU) and by students at some Los Angeles area high schools. Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) call for high school students to be able to analyze and interpret data and to understand Newton's second law, which are central to this experiment. The experiment gives students a feel for Newton's second law by requiring them to adjust their own motion so that they move at constant acceleration in order to maintain a constant force on a cart carrying a second student.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California (Los Angeles)