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written by Ronald Lawson and Lillian C. McDermott
Student understanding of the impulse-momentum and work-energy theorems was assessed by performance on tasks requiring the application of these relationships to the analysis of an actual motion. The participants in the study were undergraduates enrolled in either the honors section of a calculus-based introductory physics course or in the regular algebra-based course. The students were asked to compare the changes in momentum and kinetic energy of two frictionless dry-ice pucks as they moved rectilinearly under the influence of the same constant force. The results of the investigation revealed that most of the students were unable to relate the algebraic formalism learned in class to the simple motion that they observed.
American Journal of Physics: Volume 55, Issue 9, Pages 811-817
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10.1119/1.14994
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algebraic formalism, impulse-momentum theorem, kinetic energy, momentum, motion, work-energy theorem
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R. Lawson and L. McDermott, Am. J. Phys. 55 (9), 811 (1987), WWW Document, (http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.14994).
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R. Lawson and L. McDermott, Student understanding of the work-energy and impulse-momentum theorems Am. J. Phys. 55 (9), 811 (1987), <http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.14994>.
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Lawson, R., & McDermott, L. (1987, September 1). Student understanding of the work-energy and impulse-momentum theorems. Am. J. Phys., 55(9), 811-817. Retrieved August 29, 2014, from http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.14994
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Lawson, Ronald, and Lillian C. McDermott. "Student understanding of the work-energy and impulse-momentum theorems." Am. J. Phys. 55, no. 9, (September 1, 1987): 811-817, http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.14994 (accessed 29 August 2014).
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Lawson, Ronald, and Lillian C. McDermott. "Student understanding of the work-energy and impulse-momentum theorems." Am. J. Phys. 55.9 (1987): 811-817. 29 Aug. 2014 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.14994>.
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