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ERIC Number: EJ858690
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 15
ISSN: ISSN-0031-9120
Centripetal Acceleration: Often Forgotten or Misinterpreted
Singh, Chandralekha
Physics Education, v44 n5 p464-468 Sep 2009
Acceleration is a fundamental concept in physics which is taught in mechanics at all levels. Here, we discuss some challenges in teaching this concept effectively when the path along which the object is moving has a curvature and centripetal acceleration is present. We discuss examples illustrating that both physics teachers and students have difficulty with this concept. We conclude with instructional strategies that may help students with this challenging concept. (Contains 1 footnote and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Students; Teachers
Language: English
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