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published by the Collegial Centre for Educational Materials Development
written by Camil Cyr
edited by Caroline Viger
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This item is Part 2 of a two-part experiential learning activity for beginning physics students relating to Newton's Second Law and net force.  The problem presents a mock space mission, with students trying to land the spacecraft Galilei on planet Iris.  They work cooperatively to calculate the velocity required to maintain a stable orbit at 140 km above the planet's surface. They then determine the thrust necessary to decelerate the spacecraft for smooth landing.  Allow two hours

In keeping with Problem-Based Learning (PBL) pedagogy, students will separate useful from irrelevant data, then collaborate to apply physics in finding solutions.

This resource includes a printable student manual and a password-protected teacher's guide with solutions and tips for instructors.  (Accessing the teacher's guide requires registration with the authors.)    
SEE RELATED ITEMS ON THIS PAGE for a link to Part 1 of this problem.
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Classical Mechanics
- Applications of Newton's Laws
- Motion in One Dimension
= Gravitational Acceleration
- Newton's Second Law
= Force, Acceleration
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
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CCDMD, Newton's Second Law, PBL, Problem based learning, centripetal acceleration, context rich, dynamics, experiential learning, force interactions, gravitational acceleration, gravity, problem solving, thrust
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This resource is part of a Physics Front Topical Unit.


Topic: Kinematics: The Physics of Motion
Unit Title: Circular Motion

This is Part 2 of the mock mission to Planet Iris (see Part 1 under the heading "Motion in One Dimension" above).  In this scenario, students work in groups to determine the velocity required to maintain a stable orbit at 140m above the surface of Iris. then calculate the thrust necessary to land the spacecraft smoothly. Includes a printable student manual.  Registered teacher-users also have access to a comprehensive instructor's guide.

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C. Cyr, , edited by C. Viger (Collegial Centre for Educational Materials Development, Montreal, 2008), WWW Document, (http://pbl.ccdmd.qc.ca/resultat.php?action=clicFiche&he=1050&afficheRecherche=99&IDFiche=159&endroitRetour=99&lesMotsCles=mass%20of%20a%20car).
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C. Cyr, Problem-Based Learning: Galilei 27 Orbiting Iris 2 (Part 2), , edited by C. Viger (Collegial Centre for Educational Materials Development, Montreal, 2008), <http://pbl.ccdmd.qc.ca/resultat.php?action=clicFiche&he=1050&afficheRecherche=99&IDFiche=159&endroitRetour=99&lesMotsCles=mass%20of%20a%20car>.
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Cyr, C. (2009, September 30). Problem-Based Learning: Galilei 27 Orbiting Iris 2 (Part 2). 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=159&endroitRetour=99&lesMotsCles=mass%20of%20a%20car
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Cyr, Camil. Problem-Based Learning: Galilei 27 Orbiting Iris 2 (Part 2). Edited by Caroline Viger. Montreal: Collegial Centre for Educational Materials Development, September 30, 2009. http://pbl.ccdmd.qc.ca/resultat.php?action=clicFiche&he=1050&afficheRecherche=99&IDFiche=159&endroitRetour=99&lesMotsCles=mass%20of%20a%20car (accessed 29 November 2014).
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Cyr, Camil. Problem-Based Learning: Galilei 27 Orbiting Iris 2 (Part 2). Ed. Viger, Caroline. Montreal: Collegial Centre for Educational Materials Development, 2008. 30 Sep. 2009. 29 Nov. 2014 <http://pbl.ccdmd.qc.ca/resultat.php?action=clicFiche&he=1050&afficheRecherche=99&IDFiche=159&endroitRetour=99&lesMotsCles=mass%20of%20a%20car>.
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This is a link to Part 1 of this two-part problem-based learning activity.  Part 1 is relatively simple, requiring application of the universal law of gravitation.

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