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In Spring 2007, introductory mechanics students at Cabrillo College used Tracker to compare 2D particle models with videos of real-world motion. After doing a traditional motion video analysis lab, students used both analytic (position functions) and dynamic (force functions and initial conditions for numerical solvers) models to draw overlays directly on their captured videos. The video thus provided a "reality check" while students explored different models, parameters and algorithms. In addition to the visual overlays, the models generated "experimental data" for graphing and analysis just like experimental (student-marked) tracks. This paper will describe my own and my students' experiences with this first exposure to computational physics in the curriculum. Tracker is a JAVA video/image analysis tool developed by the Open Source Physics Project. The Open Source Physics project is supported in part by the National Science Foundation grants DUE-0126439 and DUE-0442481.
AAPT 2007 Summer Meeting
Greensboro, North Carolina: July 28-August 1, 2007
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Classical Mechanics
- Applications of Newton's Laws
- Motion in One Dimension
= Gravitational Acceleration
- Newton's Second Law
= Force, Acceleration
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- Dynamics of Fluids
= Viscosity
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D. Brown, presented at the AAPT 2007 Summer Meeting, Greensboro, North Carolina, 2007, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9686&DocID=1428).
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D. Brown, Combining Computational Physics with Video Analysis in Tracker, presented at the AAPT 2007 Summer Meeting, Greensboro, North Carolina, 2007, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9686&DocID=1428>.
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Brown, D. (2007, July 28-August 1). Combining Computational Physics with Video Analysis in Tracker. Paper presented at AAPT 2007 Summer Meeting, Greensboro, North Carolina. Retrieved December 22, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9686&DocID=1428
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Brown, Douglas. "Combining Computational Physics with Video Analysis in Tracker." Paper presented at the AAPT 2007 Summer Meeting, Greensboro, North Carolina, July 28-August 1, 2007. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9686&DocID=1428 (accessed 22 December 2014).
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Brown, Douglas. "Combining Computational Physics with Video Analysis in Tracker." AAPT 2007 Summer Meeting. Greensboro, North Carolina: 2007. 22 Dec. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9686&DocID=1428>.
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