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written by Eugenia Etkina
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This learning cycle features 11 videotaped experiments, organized sequentially for introducing the nature of circular motion in introductory physics courses. Each video includes learning goal, prior information needed to understand the material, and elicitation questions. Students will engage in observation, qualitative testing, and application experiments. The instructional method is based on cognitive apprenticeship, in which students focus on the process of science by observing, finding patterns, modeling, predicting, testing, and revising. The materials were designed to mirror the activities of scientists when they construct and apply knowledge. Registered teacher-users have access to additional instructional guidance and resource material.

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Editor's Note: To incorporate a simulation into this learning cycle, See Related Materials for the "Simple Circular Motion Model". It explores the topic within the context of a merry-go-round system and is simple enough for use in conceptual physics courses.
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Classical Mechanics
- Motion in Two Dimensions
= 2D Acceleration
= Center of Mass
= Central Forces
- Newton's Second Law
= Force, Acceleration
Education Foundations
- Cognition
= Cognition Development
- High School
- Lower Undergraduate
- Instructional Material
= Activity
= Problem/Problem Set
= Unit of Instruction
- Audio/Visual
= Movie/Animation
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- Conceptual Physics
- Algebra-based Physics
- AP Physics
- Activity
- Laboratory
- New teachers
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Keywords:
2D motion, ISLE, Investigative Science Learning Environment, circular motion, kinematics, physics videos, rotational motion, video clips, whirlygig
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Metadata instance created November 18, 2011 by Caroline Hall
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November 13, 2012 by Caroline Hall
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September 19, 2008

AAAS Benchmark Alignments (2008 Version)

4. The Physical Setting

4F. Motion
  • 6-8: 4F/M3a. An unbalanced force acting on an object changes its speed or direction of motion, or both.
  • 6-8: 4F/M3b. If a force acts towards a single center, the object's path may curve into an orbit around the center.
  • 9-12: 4F/H8. Any object maintains a constant speed and direction of motion unless an unbalanced outside force acts on it.

12. Habits of Mind

12D. Communication Skills
  • 9-12: 12D/H1. Make and interpret scale drawings.
  • 9-12: 12D/H6. Participate in group discussions on scientific topics by restating or summarizing accurately what others have said, asking for clarification or elaboration, and expressing alternative positions.
  • 9-12: 12D/H7. Use tables, charts, and graphs in making arguments and claims in oral, written, and visual presentations.
  • 9-12: 12D/H8. Use symbolic equations to represent relationships between objects and events.

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

11 videotaped experiments are organized sequentially here for teaching circular motion in introductory physics classes. The instructional method is based on cognitive apprenticeship: students focus on the process of science by observing, finding patterns, modeling, testing, and revising. The author is a highly-respected professor of physics, who has done extensive work in physics education research.

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E. Etkina, Physics Teaching Technology Resource: Learning Cycles on Circular and Rotational Motion, (2004), <http://paer.rutgers.edu/pt3/cycleindex.php?topicid=5>.
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Etkina, E. (2008, September 19). Physics Teaching Technology Resource: Learning Cycles on Circular and Rotational Motion. Retrieved October 21, 2014, from http://paer.rutgers.edu/pt3/cycleindex.php?topicid=5
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Etkina, Eugenia. Physics Teaching Technology Resource: Learning Cycles on Circular and Rotational Motion. September 19, 2008. http://paer.rutgers.edu/pt3/cycleindex.php?topicid=5 (accessed 21 October 2014).
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Etkina, Eugenia. Physics Teaching Technology Resource: Learning Cycles on Circular and Rotational Motion. 2004. 19 Sep. 2008. National Science Foundation. 21 Oct. 2014 <http://paer.rutgers.edu/pt3/cycleindex.php?topicid=5>.
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Is Part Of Rutgers Physics Teaching Technology Resource

A link to the full collection of learning cycles for introductory physics, developed by the same author.

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Is Based On ISLE: Investigative Science Learning Environment

This is the website for ISLE (Investigative Science Learning Environment), the instructional approach upon which the Rutgers learning cycles for introductory physics are based.

relation by Caroline Hall
Is Supplemented By Simple Circular Motion Model

This simulation models circular motion using a merry-go-round system. Users control rotational speed and radial distance with sliders. Source code may be downloaded to customize model.

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