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This item is an applet-based concept question for introductory physics on the topic of circular motion and Newton's First Law.  A ball on a string in swung on a circular path.  What happens to the ball's path when the string breaks?  The user chooses from five animations that represent possible results.  In-Class questions are intended to probe student understanding and elicit misconceptions.  This particular problem is an appropriate warm-up for discussion of uniform circular motion.

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Classical Mechanics
- Motion in Two Dimensions
= Central Forces
- Newton's First Law
= Inertia in Motion
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In-class questions, Law of Inertia, acceleration, centripetal acceleration, centripetal force, clicker questions, concept questions, inertia, java applets, peer instruction, uniform circular motion
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Metadata instance created January 13, 2009 by Caroline Hall
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December 31, 2007

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Topic: Dynamics: Forces and Motion
Unit Title: Newton's First Law & Inertia

Great warm-up exercise for an in-class discussion of uniform circular motion and the law of inertia.  A ball is swung on a string in a circular path.  What happens when the string breaks?  Students choose from five animations that represent possible results.  Team this applet with the classroom demo above titled "Partial Pie Plate".

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W. Christian and M. Belloni, (2001), WWW Document, (http://webphysics.davidson.edu/physletprob/ch7_in_class/in_class7_1/mechanics7_1_2.html).
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W. Christian and M. Belloni, Physlets: Classroom Exercises: Mechanics - Circular Motion, (2001), <http://webphysics.davidson.edu/physletprob/ch7_in_class/in_class7_1/mechanics7_1_2.html>.
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Christian, W., & Belloni, M. (2007, December 31). Physlets: Classroom Exercises: Mechanics - Circular Motion. Retrieved November 26, 2014, from http://webphysics.davidson.edu/physletprob/ch7_in_class/in_class7_1/mechanics7_1_2.html
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Christian, Wolfgang, and Mario Belloni. Physlets: Classroom Exercises: Mechanics - Circular Motion. December 31, 2007. http://webphysics.davidson.edu/physletprob/ch7_in_class/in_class7_1/mechanics7_1_2.html (accessed 26 November 2014).
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Christian, Wolfgang, and Mario Belloni. Physlets: Classroom Exercises: Mechanics - Circular Motion. 2001. 31 Dec. 2007. 26 Nov. 2014 <http://webphysics.davidson.edu/physletprob/ch7_in_class/in_class7_1/mechanics7_1_2.html>.
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@misc{ Author = "Wolfgang Christian and Mario Belloni", Title = {Physlets: Classroom Exercises: Mechanics - Circular Motion}, Volume = {2014}, Number = {26 November 2014}, Month = {December 31, 2007}, Year = {2001} }
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