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written by the University of Minnesota Physics Education Research Group, Kenneth Heller, and Patricia Heller
This page provides a set of ten "context-rich" problems for introductory physics that combine concepts of kinematics and force.  Each problem involves a real-life scenario, with information that may be both useful and irrelevant. Context-rich problems are carefully constructed to promote problem-solving skills.  Students work cooperatively to: 1) visualize the problem, 2) decide upon a strategy, 3) apply physics concepts to solve the problem, and 4) evaluate/test the solution. Problems are formulated so that they cannot be solved in a few steps by copying a pattern.

This resource is based on the research results of the Minnesota Physics Education Research group.  See Related items on this page for more information about how to implement context-rich problem solving in the classroom.
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Classical Mechanics
- General
- Motion in One Dimension
= Acceleration
= Gravitational Acceleration
- Newton's Second Law
= Force, Acceleration
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= Cooperative Learning
= Problem Solving
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- Lower Undergraduate
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acceleration, context-rich problems, drag, force, friction, gravity, group problem solving, lift, normal, problem solving, real-world problems, thrust, velocity, weight
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Anyone compile answers?

Author: Robert Vosatka
Posted: August 6, 2009 at 12:17AM
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Anyone compile answers to the problems?

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Re: Anyone compile answers?

Author: Bruce, ComPADRE Dir
Posted: Aug 10, 2009 at 1:34AM

> On Aug 06, 2009, Robert Vosatka posted:
>
> Anyone compile
> answers to the problems?

No, I don't  believe they do.

Because these problems are written specifically so there is not any single correct approach to their solution, solutions will not necessarily be that helpful. Certainly, in my (somewhat limited) experience using these problems in discussions, the range of answers from students was broad enough that no single solution would be that helpful in grading responses or analyzing student understanding.

Bruce

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University of Minnesota Physics Education Research Group, K. Heller, and P. Heller, (2003), WWW Document, (http://groups.physics.umn.edu/physed/Research/CRP/on-lineArchive/crflk.html).
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University of Minnesota Physics Education Research Group, K. Heller, and P. Heller, Context Rich Problems Online Archives: Force and Linear Kinematics Problems (2003), <http://groups.physics.umn.edu/physed/Research/CRP/on-lineArchive/crflk.html>.
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University of Minnesota Physics Education Research Group, Heller, K., & Heller, P. (2007, May 11). Context Rich Problems Online Archives: Force and Linear Kinematics Problems. Retrieved April 24, 2014, from http://groups.physics.umn.edu/physed/Research/CRP/on-lineArchive/crflk.html
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University of Minnesota Physics Education Research Group, K. Heller, and P. Heller. Context Rich Problems Online Archives: Force and Linear Kinematics Problems. May 11, 2007. http://groups.physics.umn.edu/physed/Research/CRP/on-lineArchive/crflk.html (accessed 24 April 2014).
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University of Minnesota Physics Education Research Group, Kenneth Heller, and Patricia Heller. Context Rich Problems Online Archives: Force and Linear Kinematics Problems. 2003. 11 May 2007. 24 Apr. 2014 <http://groups.physics.umn.edu/physed/Research/CRP/on-lineArchive/crflk.html>.
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This is the full collection of context-rich problems for first and second semester courses in both algebra-based and calculus-based introductory physics.

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This is a Power Point presentation appropriate for new and crossover teachers on the Context-Rich instructional method.  It explains the rationale behind the method and provides examples/explanations on how to implement it effectively.

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