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written by Eugenia Etkina
supported by the National Science Foundation
This learning cycle features 11 videotaped experiments, organized sequentially for introducing the nature of circular motion in introductory physics courses. Each video includes learning goal, prior information needed to understand the material, and elicitation questions. Students will engage in observation, qualitative testing, and application experiments. The instructional method is based on cognitive apprenticeship, in which students focus on the process of science by observing, finding patterns, modeling, predicting, testing, and revising. The materials were designed to mirror the activities of scientists when they construct and apply knowledge. Registered teacher-users have access to additional instructional guidance and resource material.
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Editor's Note: To incorporate a simulation into this learning cycle, See Related Materials for the "Simple Circular Motion Model". It explores the topic within the context of a merry-go-round system and is simple enough for use in conceptual physics courses.
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This resource is part of a Physics Front Topical Unit.
Topic: Kinematics: The Physics of Motion
Unit Title: Circular Motion
11 videotaped experiments are organized sequentially here for teaching circular motion in introductory physics classes. The instructional method is based on cognitive apprenticeship: students focus on the process of science by observing, finding patterns, modeling, testing, and revising. The author is a highly-respected professor of physics, who has done extensive work in physics education research.Link to Unit:
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Physics Teaching Technology Resource: Learning Cycles on Circular and Rotational Motion:
Is Part Of Rutgers Physics Teaching Technology Resource
A link to the full collection of learning cycles for introductory physics, developed by the same author.relation by Caroline Hall
Is Based On ISLE: Investigative Science Learning Environment
This is the website for ISLE (Investigative Science Learning Environment), the instructional approach upon which the Rutgers learning cycles for introductory physics are based.relation by Caroline Hall
Is Supplemented By Simple Circular Motion Model
This simulation models circular motion using a merry-go-round system. Users control rotational speed and radial distance with sliders. Source code may be downloaded to customize model.relation by Caroline Hall
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