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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 satellite floats at constant speed when its thrusters engage and produce a constant force perpendicular to the original motion. What is the resulting path of the satellite? Users choose a correct response from four animations. 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 and for a companion problem about an object at constant velocity receiving a momentary push.
Please note that this resource requires at least version 1.1 of Java.
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 that supplements the problem above on momentary push. A satellite is floating at constant velocity when its thrusters engage. The resulting path of its motion will differ from the example above. Assesses student understanding of how resultant motion is affected by a sustained force produced by thrust.Link to Unit:
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Physlets: Mechanics Problems: Newton's Laws - Sustained 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 - Momentary Push
A companion physlet-based problem. An hockey puck traveling at constant velocity is given a momentary push. How does the resulting motion differ when this type of force is applied?relation by Caroline Hall
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