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written by Gary Gladding
published by the University of llinois Physics Education Research Group
This is an interactive homework problem for introductory physics students involving conservation of momentum.   A bullet of known mass penetrates a stationary soda can, emerging with a given speed. The student must determine how fast the can is moving after the bullet emerges.  The problem is accompanied by a Socratic "help" sequence designed to encourage critical thinking as users do a guided conceptual analysis before attempting the mathematics.

This item is part of a large collection of similar interactive problems for introductory physics.
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Classical Mechanics
- Linear Momentum
= Collisions in One Dimension
- Motion in One Dimension
= Velocity
Education Practices
- Active Learning
= Problem Solving
- Lower Undergraduate
- High School
- Instructional Material
= Activity
= Best practice
= Tutorial
Appropriate Courses Categories Ratings
- Conceptual Physics
- Algebra-based Physics
- AP Physics
- Activity
- Assessment
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© 2006 University of Illinois Physics Education Research Group
Keywords:
collision, conservation of momentum, velocity
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G. Gladding, (University of llinois Physics Education Research Group, Urbana, 2006), WWW Document, (http://research.physics.illinois.edu/per/IE/ie.pl?phys101/ie/07/bullet_and_can).
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G. Gladding, Illinois PER Interactive Examples: Bullet Penetrates Can, (University of llinois Physics Education Research Group, Urbana, 2006), <http://research.physics.illinois.edu/per/IE/ie.pl?phys101/ie/07/bullet_and_can>.
APA Format
Gladding, G. (2006, June 16). Illinois PER Interactive Examples: Bullet Penetrates Can. Retrieved October 1, 2014, from University of llinois Physics Education Research Group: http://research.physics.illinois.edu/per/IE/ie.pl?phys101/ie/07/bullet_and_can
Chicago Format
Gladding, Gary. Illinois PER Interactive Examples: Bullet Penetrates Can. Urbana: University of llinois Physics Education Research Group, June 16, 2006. http://research.physics.illinois.edu/per/IE/ie.pl?phys101/ie/07/bullet_and_can (accessed 1 October 2014).
MLA Format
Gladding, Gary. Illinois PER Interactive Examples: Bullet Penetrates Can. Urbana: University of llinois Physics Education Research Group, 2006. 16 June 2006. 1 Oct. 2014 <http://research.physics.illinois.edu/per/IE/ie.pl?phys101/ie/07/bullet_and_can>.
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@misc{ Author = "Gary Gladding", Title = {Illinois PER Interactive Examples: Bullet Penetrates Can}, Publisher = {University of llinois Physics Education Research Group}, Volume = {2014}, Number = {1 October 2014}, Month = {June 16, 2006}, Year = {2006} }
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