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written by Kerry P. Browne and Corinne A. Manogue
published by the Paradigms in Physics Program
This small group activity is designed to help upper division undergraduate students work out expressions for velocity and acceleration in polar coordinates. Students work in small groups to address the position dependence of curvilinear basis vectors in order to find general expressions for velocity and acceleration in polar coordinates. The whole class wrap-up discussion focuses on building connections between the students' geometric understanding of position, velocity and acceleration vectors and an algebraic formulation in polar (curvilinear) coordinates.

This material is part of the Paradigms in Physics project at Oregon State University. This work promotes the use of active student learning in upper division physics courses. Both learning materials and learning strategies are provided to help both students and instructors.
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Classical Mechanics
- Motion in Two Dimensions
= 2D Acceleration
= 2D Velocity
- Relative Motion
= Moving Reference Frames
Mathematical Tools
- Coordinate Systems
- Upper Undergraduate
- Instructional Material
= Activity
= Instructor Guide/Manual
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This material is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 license.
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Paradigms in Physics Team
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NSF Numbers:
9653250
0231194
0618877
1023120
Paradigm ID:
cfvpolar
Keywords:
Central Forces, Classical Mechanics, Small Group Activity
Record Creator:
Metadata instance created June 22, 2015 by Lyle Barbato
Record Updated:
June 22, 2015 by Bruce Mason
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August 21, 2013
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K. Browne and C. Manogue, (Paradigms in Physics Program, Corvallis, 2008), WWW Document, (http://www.physics.oregonstate.edu/portfolioswiki/acts:cfvpolar).
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K. Browne and C. Manogue, Paradigms in Physics: Velocity and Acceleration in Polar Coordinates, (Paradigms in Physics Program, Corvallis, 2008), <http://www.physics.oregonstate.edu/portfolioswiki/acts:cfvpolar>.
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Browne, K., & Manogue, C. (2013, August 21). Paradigms in Physics: Velocity and Acceleration in Polar Coordinates. Retrieved December 17, 2017, from Paradigms in Physics Program: http://www.physics.oregonstate.edu/portfolioswiki/acts:cfvpolar
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Browne, Kerry, and Corinne Manogue. Paradigms in Physics: Velocity and Acceleration in Polar Coordinates. Corvallis: Paradigms in Physics Program, August 21, 2013. http://www.physics.oregonstate.edu/portfolioswiki/acts:cfvpolar (accessed 17 December 2017).
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Browne, Kerry, and Corinne Manogue. Paradigms in Physics: Velocity and Acceleration in Polar Coordinates. Corvallis: Paradigms in Physics Program, 2008. 21 Aug. 2013. 17 Dec. 2017 <http://www.physics.oregonstate.edu/portfolioswiki/acts:cfvpolar>.
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