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written by Loo Kang Wee
We develop an Easy Java Simulation (EJS) model for students to experience the physics of idealized one-dimensional collision carts. The physics model is described and simulated by both continuous dynamics and discrete transition during collision. In designing the simulations, we discuss briefly three pedagogical considerations namely (1) a consistent simulation world view with a pen and paper representation, (2) a data table, scientific graphs and symbolic mathematical representations for ease of data collection and multiple representational visualizations and (3) a game for simple concept testing that can further support learning. We also suggest using a physical world setup augmented by simulation by highlighting three advantages of real collision carts equipment such as a tacit 3D experience, random errors in measurement and the conceptual significance of conservation of momentum applied to just before and after collision. General feedback from the students has been relatively positive, and we hope teachers will find the simulation useful in their own classes.

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Physics Education: Volume 47, Issue 3 , Pages 301-308
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Classical Mechanics
- Linear Momentum
= Collisions in One Dimension
= Conservation of Linear Momentum
Education Foundations
- Student Characteristics
= Affect
Education Practices
- Active Learning
= Inquiry Learning
- Pedagogy
- Technology
= Multimedia
- Instructional Material
= Case Study
= Demonstration
= Interactive Simulation
= Laboratory
- Reference Material
= Article
- Audio/Visual
= Movie/Animation
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- Learners
- application/pdf
- application/java
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L. Wee, One-dimensional collision carts computer model and its design ideas for productive experiential learning Phys. Educ. 47 (3 ), 301 (2012), <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11802&DocID=2741>.
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Wee, L. (2012, May 1). One-dimensional collision carts computer model and its design ideas for productive experiential learning. Phys. Educ., 47(3 ), 301-308. Retrieved August 21, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11802&DocID=2741
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Wee, Loo Kang. "One-dimensional collision carts computer model and its design ideas for productive experiential learning." Phys. Educ. 47, no. 3 , (May 1, 2012): 301-308, http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11802&DocID=2741 (accessed 21 August 2014).
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Wee, Loo Kang. "One-dimensional collision carts computer model and its design ideas for productive experiential learning." Phys. Educ. 47.3 (2012): 301-308. 21 Aug. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11802&DocID=2741>.
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