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written by K. Vick, Edward F. Redish, and Patrick Cooney
This page contains an alternative homework problem related to the physics of tailgating.  Students are prompted to make calculations about stopping distance in a vehicle traveling at high speed behind another car.  The problem is designed to allow students to independently explore inertia in motion and the relationship between mass and inertia.

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Subjects Levels Resource Types
Classical Mechanics
- Motion in One Dimension
= Acceleration
= Velocity
- Newton's First Law
= Inertia in Motion
- Newton's Second Law
= Force, Acceleration
- High School
- Lower Undergraduate
- Informal Education
- Instructional Material
= Activity
= Problem/Problem Set
- Assessment Material
Appropriate Courses Categories Ratings
- Physics First
- Conceptual Physics
- Algebra-based Physics
- AP Physics
- Activity
- Assessment
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APB, Activity-Based Physics, Law of Inertia, acceleration, automobile, car, estimation, force, homework problem, inertia, motion, speed, vehicle, velocity
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Metadata instance created July 16, 2008 by Christopher Bares
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January 6, 2009 by Caroline Hall
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June 25, 2002

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Topic: Dynamics: Forces and Motion
Unit Title: Newton's First Law & Inertia

An assessment to help teachers determine whether students understand the relationship between mass and inertia.  This alternative homework problem, based on physics education research, presents students with a real-life situation about highway stopping distance and the related physics.

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K. Vick, E. Redish, and P. Cooney, (2002), WWW Document, (http://www.physics.umd.edu/perg/abp/aha/tail.htm).
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K. Vick, E. Redish, and P. Cooney, Activity Based Physics Alternative Homework Assignments: Tailgating, (2002), <http://www.physics.umd.edu/perg/abp/aha/tail.htm>.
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Vick, K., Redish, E., & Cooney, P. (2002, June 25). Activity Based Physics Alternative Homework Assignments: Tailgating. Retrieved October 23, 2014, from http://www.physics.umd.edu/perg/abp/aha/tail.htm
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Vick, K, E. Redish, and P. Cooney. Activity Based Physics Alternative Homework Assignments: Tailgating. June 25, 2002. http://www.physics.umd.edu/perg/abp/aha/tail.htm (accessed 23 October 2014).
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Vick, K., Edward F. Redish, and Patrick Cooney. Activity Based Physics Alternative Homework Assignments: Tailgating. 2002. 25 June 2002. 23 Oct. 2014 <http://www.physics.umd.edu/perg/abp/aha/tail.htm>.
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