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written by Wolfgang Christian and Mario Belloni
This item is an applet-based problem for introductory physics on the topic of inertia in motion. A hockey puck moving on a frictionless air hockey table is given a momentary push in the +y direction. What is the motion of the puck after the push? The user chooses from four animations that represent possible results. Physlet-based problems are intended to probe student understanding, elicit misconceptions, and serve as a springboard for discussion. Electronic student response systems (clickers) are often used to allow anonymous "voting" on the correct answer.
SEE RELATED ITEMS BELOW for a link to the full collection of introductory physlet-based problems by the same authors and for a companion physlet depicting a sustained push of an object traveling at constant velocity.
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This resource is part of a Physics Front Topical Unit.
Topic: Dynamics: Forces and Motion
Unit Title: Newton's First Law & Inertia
A simulation-based problem to spark student discussion about inertia and force interactions. A puck traveling on a frictionless air hockey table is given a momentary push. What is the resulting path of its motion? Pair this applet with the one below on sustained push. Assesses student understanding of how resultant motion is affected by the type of force applied.Link to Unit:
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Physlets: Mechanics Problems: Newton's Laws - Momentary Push:
Is Part Of Physlets Chapter 8: Mechanics, Waves and Thermodynamics Physlet-Based Curriculum
This is the full collection of physlet-based problems for introductory mechanics, waves, and thermodynamics.relation by Caroline Hall
Accompanies Physlets: Mechanics Problems: Newton's Laws - Sustained Push
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