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Abstract Title: An Embodied Physics Lab on Center of Gravity
Abstract: Students in our algebra-based introductory physics class explored the concept of center of gravity through a series of embodied activities that engage the sensorimotor system.  Rather than balancing objects on a fulcrum or hanging extended objects to determine the center of gravity, students became part of the experiment by using their finger to apply the force that produces an equal and opposite torque, or by using their finger as a balance point.  A primary goal is to give meaning to the concept of representing an extended object, such as an "L" or "T" shape, by a set of discrete points that can be used to determine the object's center of gravity.  Data from a preliminary study that assesses the progression of student learning toward this goal will be presented, as well as some interesting differences in responses for students with differing order of lab and lecture.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Susan M. Fischer
DePaul University
Department of Physics, 211 Byrne Hall
2219 N. Kenmore Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
Phone: 773-325-1379
and Co-Presenter(s)
Daniel J. Lyons  University of Chicago
Jason R. Sattizahn, University of Chicago
Carly Kontra, University of Chicago
Sian L. Beilock, University of Chicago

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