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written by Gary Gladding
published by the University of llinois Physics Education Research Group
This interactive homework problem involves distance and deceleration in the context of a speeding driver who brakes to avoid being caught by the highway patrol. The problem is accompanied by a sequence of questions designed to encourage critical thinking and conceptual analysis. It is part of a larger collection of interactive problems developed by the Illinois Physics Education Research Group.
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Classical Mechanics
- Motion in One Dimension
= Position & Displacement
= Velocity
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- Active Learning
= Problem Solving
- High School
- Lower Undergraduate
- Collection
- Instructional Material
= Activity
= Best practice
= Tutorial
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Keywords:
V-T graph, acceleration, homework problem, interactive homework, motion, problem solving, velocity
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September 2, 2006
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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.
  • 9-12: 4F/H8. Any object maintains a constant speed and direction of motion unless an unbalanced outside force acts on it.

9. The Mathematical World

9B. Symbolic Relationships
  • 9-12: 9B/H4. Tables, graphs, and symbols are alternative ways of representing data and relationships that can be translated from one to another.

12. Habits of Mind

12B. Computation and Estimation
  • 9-12: 12B/H1. Use appropriate ratios and proportions, including constant rates, when needed to make calculations for solving real-world problems.
  • 9-12: 12B/H2. Find answers to real-world problems by substituting numerical values in simple algebraic formulas and check the answer by reviewing the steps of the calculation and by judging whether the answer is reasonable.
  • 9-12: 12B/H3. Make up and write out simple algorithms for solving real-world problems that take several steps.

Common Core State Standards for Mathematics Alignments

High School — Number and Quantity (9-12)

Quantities? (9-12)
  • N-Q.1 Use units as a way to understand problems and to guide the solution of multi-step problems; choose and interpret units consistently in formulas; choose and interpret the scale and the origin in graphs and data displays.

High School — Geometry (9-12)

Expressing Geometric Properties with Equations (9-12)
  • G-GPE.7 Use coordinates to compute perimeters of polygons and areas of triangles and rectangles, e.g., using the distance formula.?
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AIP Format
G. Gladding, (University of llinois Physics Education Research Group, Urbana, 2002), WWW Document, (http://per.physics.illinois.edu/per/IE/ie.pl?phys111/ie/01/IE_highway_patrol).
AJP/PRST-PER
G. Gladding, Illinois PER Interactive Examples: Highway Patrol, (University of llinois Physics Education Research Group, Urbana, 2002), <http://per.physics.illinois.edu/per/IE/ie.pl?phys111/ie/01/IE_highway_patrol>.
APA Format
Gladding, G. (2006, September 2). Illinois PER Interactive Examples: Highway Patrol. Retrieved December 17, 2017, from University of llinois Physics Education Research Group: http://per.physics.illinois.edu/per/IE/ie.pl?phys111/ie/01/IE_highway_patrol
Chicago Format
Gladding, Gary. Illinois PER Interactive Examples: Highway Patrol. Urbana: University of llinois Physics Education Research Group, September 2, 2006. http://per.physics.illinois.edu/per/IE/ie.pl?phys111/ie/01/IE_highway_patrol (accessed 17 December 2017).
MLA Format
Gladding, Gary. Illinois PER Interactive Examples: Highway Patrol. Urbana: University of llinois Physics Education Research Group, 2002. 2 Sep. 2006. 17 Dec. 2017 <http://per.physics.illinois.edu/per/IE/ie.pl?phys111/ie/01/IE_highway_patrol>.
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@misc{ Author = "Gary Gladding", Title = {Illinois PER Interactive Examples: Highway Patrol}, Publisher = {University of llinois Physics Education Research Group}, Volume = {2017}, Number = {17 December 2017}, Month = {September 2, 2006}, Year = {2002} }
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