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ERIC Number: EJ926921
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr
Pages: 3
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0031-921X
Stunt Barbie--A Laboratory Practicum Combining Constant Velocity and Constant Acceleration
Hertting, Scott
Physics Teacher, v49 n4 p238-240 Apr 2011
In preparing to teach the advanced physics course at my high school, I found it useful to work through the end of chapter problems in the book used by the advanced class. A problem on motion in one dimension involved a stunt woman in free fall from a tree limb onto a horse running beneath her. The problem presents a connected learning opportunity for students because it requires the use of the constant velocity model x[subscript f] = v*t + x[subscript i] and the constant acceleration model y[subscript f] = 1/2*g* t[superscript 2] + v[subscript yi]* t + y[subscript i] (where g = 9.8 m/s/s) to solve it. I named the stunt woman Barbie and created an activity titled "Stunt Barbie."
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A