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written by Nathaniel Lasry
published by the Collegial Centre for Educational Materials Development
Available Languages: English, French
This item is an experiential learning activity for beginning physics students relating to gun ballistics and projectile motion, easily adaptable to the high school classroom. This scenario involves the case of a young man slain in his own apartment with a handgun. True to the PBL method,  students will sift through given information to separate useful from irrelevant data, then collaborate to apply physics in finding solutions.

This resource includes a printable student manual.  The Instructor's Guide requires a password, accessible free of cost to registered teacher-users. Also included are links to background information on the Problem-Based Learning (PBL) instructional method and links to additional PBL exercises by the same authors.
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Classical Mechanics
- Linear Momentum
= Conservation of Linear Momentum
- Motion in Two Dimensions
= Projectile Motion
- Newton's First Law
= Inertia in Motion
- Newton's Second Law
= Interacting Objects
Education Practices
- Active Learning
= Cooperative Learning
= Problem Solving
General Physics
- Physics Education Research
- High School
- Lower Undergraduate
- Instructional Material
= Activity
= Best practice
= Instructor Guide/Manual
= Problem/Problem Set
= Student Guide
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- Conceptual Physics
- Algebra-based Physics
- AP Physics
- Lesson Plan
- Activity
- Laboratory
- Assessment
- New teachers
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© 2007 Collegial Centre for Educational Materials Development, ccdmd.qc.ca
Keywords:
CCDMD, Newton's Second Law, PBL, Problem based learning, conservation of momentum, context rich, experiential learning, force interactions, momentum, problem solving, projectile
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Metadata instance created November 4, 2009 by Caroline Hall
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January 30, 2011 by Lyle Barbato
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December 31, 2008

This resource is part of 2 Physics Front Topical Units.


Topic: Kinematics: The Physics of Motion
Unit Title: Motion in More Than One Dimension

Students learn about projectile motion and conservation of momentum as they investigate a mock-murder case involving a handgun.  They are given just enough data about the gun ballistics and the crime scene to test hypotheses and solve the murder.  This resource is based on the PBL (Problem-Based Learning) instructional method.  It includes a Teacher's Guide and a Student Manual.

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Topic: Kinematics: The Physics of Motion
Unit Title: Motion in More Than One Dimension

A great activity for getting students excited about projectile motion.....and easily adaptable for the high school classroom. It is a CSI scenario where a man is shot with a handgun. Using the Problem-Based Learning method, students work cooperatively to solve the case by applying physics. This resource includes a printable student manual.  Registered teacher-users can also access an Instructor's Guide free of cost.

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N. Lasry, (Collegial Centre for Educational Materials Development, Montreal, 2007), WWW Document, (http://pbl.ccdmd.qc.ca/resultat.php?action=clicFiche&he=1050&afficheRecherche=99&IDFiche=140&endroitRetour=99&lesMotsCles=murder%20you%20solve).
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N. Lasry, Problem Based Learning: Crime Scene Investigator: Montreal – Murder You Solve, (Collegial Centre for Educational Materials Development, Montreal, 2007), <http://pbl.ccdmd.qc.ca/resultat.php?action=clicFiche&he=1050&afficheRecherche=99&IDFiche=140&endroitRetour=99&lesMotsCles=murder%20you%20solve>.
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Lasry, N. (2008, December 31). Problem Based Learning: Crime Scene Investigator: Montreal – Murder You Solve. Retrieved November 29, 2014, from Collegial Centre for Educational Materials Development: http://pbl.ccdmd.qc.ca/resultat.php?action=clicFiche&he=1050&afficheRecherche=99&IDFiche=140&endroitRetour=99&lesMotsCles=murder%20you%20solve
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Lasry, Nathaniel. Problem Based Learning: Crime Scene Investigator: Montreal – Murder You Solve. Montreal: Collegial Centre for Educational Materials Development, December 31, 2008. http://pbl.ccdmd.qc.ca/resultat.php?action=clicFiche&he=1050&afficheRecherche=99&IDFiche=140&endroitRetour=99&lesMotsCles=murder%20you%20solve (accessed 29 November 2014).
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Lasry, Nathaniel. Problem Based Learning: Crime Scene Investigator: Montreal – Murder You Solve. Montreal: Collegial Centre for Educational Materials Development, 2007. 31 Dec. 2008. 29 Nov. 2014 <http://pbl.ccdmd.qc.ca/resultat.php?action=clicFiche&he=1050&afficheRecherche=99&IDFiche=140&endroitRetour=99&lesMotsCles=murder%20you%20solve>.
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