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written by Gary Gladding
published by the University of llinois Physics Education Research Group
This is an interactive homework problem designed to promote student understanding of when to use the Work-Energy Theorem to simplify problem solving.  The problem gives the mass, initial velocity, coefficient of friction, and stopping distance of an empty truck traveling on a straight road.  Students must determine the stopping distance if the truck were fully loaded, doubling its mass.   A user-activated "help" sequence is provided for finding solutions within the framework of both the Work/Kinetic Energy Theorem and Newton's Second Law.  To promote critical thinking, immediate feedback is received for both correct and incorrect responses.  This item is part of a larger collection of interactive homework problems for introductory physics.
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Classical Mechanics
- Motion in One Dimension
- Newton's Second Law
- Work and Energy
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= Problem Solving
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Newton's Second Law, Work Energy Theorem, displacement, homework problem, interactive problem, tutorial, velocity
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Topic: Conservation of Energy
Unit Title: Interactive Problem Solving

This scaffolded homework problem is an excellent way to promote student understanding of when to use the Work-Energy Theorem to simplify problem solving.  This problem involves a truck traveling on a straight road, both with and without a payload.  The author takes the student step-by-step through a Socratic format of conceptual analysis, strategic analysis, and finally, setting up the equations.

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G. Gladding, (University of llinois Physics Education Research Group, Urbana, 2006), WWW Document, (http://per.physics.illinois.edu/per/IE/ie.pl?phys101/ie/06/397-1).
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G. Gladding, Illinois PER Interactive Examples: Truck, (University of llinois Physics Education Research Group, Urbana, 2006), <http://per.physics.illinois.edu/per/IE/ie.pl?phys101/ie/06/397-1>.
APA Format
Gladding, G. (2006, June 16). Illinois PER Interactive Examples: Truck. Retrieved December 19, 2014, from University of llinois Physics Education Research Group: http://per.physics.illinois.edu/per/IE/ie.pl?phys101/ie/06/397-1
Chicago Format
Gladding, Gary. Illinois PER Interactive Examples: Truck. Urbana: University of llinois Physics Education Research Group, June 16, 2006. http://per.physics.illinois.edu/per/IE/ie.pl?phys101/ie/06/397-1 (accessed 19 December 2014).
MLA Format
Gladding, Gary. Illinois PER Interactive Examples: Truck. Urbana: University of llinois Physics Education Research Group, 2006. 16 June 2006. 19 Dec. 2014 <http://per.physics.illinois.edu/per/IE/ie.pl?phys101/ie/06/397-1>.
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@misc{ Author = "Gary Gladding", Title = {Illinois PER Interactive Examples: Truck}, Publisher = {University of llinois Physics Education Research Group}, Volume = {2014}, Number = {19 December 2014}, Month = {June 16, 2006}, Year = {2006} }
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