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written by Nathaniel Lasry
published by the Collegial Centre for Educational Materials Development
Available Languages: English, French
This item is a 5-day PBL (Problem-Based Learning) activity for introductory physics relating to Newton's Second Law and net force .  This scenario requires students to measure the mass of a car using common materials such as measuring tape, position markers, a bathroom scale, a stopwatch, and a Vernier caliper.  They may not start the car.

True to the PBL method,  students will sift through given information to separate useful from irrelevant data, then collaborate to conduct an experiment and apply physics in finding solutions. More than one solution is possible, allowing students to more fully experience the scientific process.  

This resource includes a printable student manual and a password-protected teacher's guide with solutions and tips for instructors.  (Accessing the teacher's guide requires registration with the authors.)  
SEE RELATED ITEMS ON THIS PAGE for a link to the full collection of PBL exercises by the same authors.
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Classical Mechanics
- Applications of Newton's Laws
= Friction
- Newton's Second Law
= Force, Acceleration
Education Practices
- Active Learning
= Cooperative Learning
= Problem Solving
General Physics
- Physics Education Research
- High School
- Lower Undergraduate
- Instructional Material
= Activity
= Best practice
= Instructor Guide/Manual
= Problem/Problem Set
= Student Guide
Appropriate Courses Categories Ratings
- Algebra-based Physics
- AP Physics
- Lesson Plan
- Activity
- Laboratory
- Assessment
- New teachers
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CCDMD, Newton's Second Law, PBL, Problem based learning, acceleration, constant acceleration, context rich, experiential learning, force interactions, friction, kinetic friction, problem solving, project
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Metadata instance created November 9, 2009 by Caroline Hall
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December 31, 2008

This resource is part of 2 Physics Front Topical Units.


Topic: Dynamics: Forces and Motion
Unit Title: Newton's Second Law & Net Force

Students are challenged to measure the mass of a car using only bathroom scales, measuring tape, stopwatch, position markers, and a Vernier caliper. They are provided keys to the car but may not start it. They work cooperatively to apply principles of kinematics, Newton's Second Law, and kinetic friction. True to the PBL method, there is more than one strategy for solution. A printable student guide is provided.  Registered teacher-users can also access a free instructor's guide.

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Topic: Dynamics: Forces and Motion
Unit Title: Frictional Forces

Students are challenged to measure the mass of a car using only bathroom scales, measuring tape, stopwatch, position markers, and a Vernier caliper. They are provided keys to the car but may not start it. They work cooperatively to apply principles of kinematics, Newton's Second Law, and kinetic friction. True to the PBL method, there is more than one strategy for solution. A printable student guide is provided.  Registered teacher-users can also access a free instructor's guide.

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N. Lasry, (Collegial Centre for Educational Materials Development, Montreal, 2007), WWW Document, (http://pbl.ccdmd.qc.ca/resultat.php?action=clicFiche&he=1050&afficheRecherche=99&IDFiche=139&endroitRetour=99&lesMotsCles=mass%20of%20a%20car).
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N. Lasry, Problem Based Learning: Measuring the Mass of a Car, (Collegial Centre for Educational Materials Development, Montreal, 2007), <http://pbl.ccdmd.qc.ca/resultat.php?action=clicFiche&he=1050&afficheRecherche=99&IDFiche=139&endroitRetour=99&lesMotsCles=mass%20of%20a%20car>.
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Lasry, N. (2008, December 31). Problem Based Learning: Measuring the Mass of a Car. Retrieved October 20, 2014, from Collegial Centre for Educational Materials Development: http://pbl.ccdmd.qc.ca/resultat.php?action=clicFiche&he=1050&afficheRecherche=99&IDFiche=139&endroitRetour=99&lesMotsCles=mass%20of%20a%20car
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Lasry, Nathaniel. Problem Based Learning: Measuring the Mass of a Car. Montreal: Collegial Centre for Educational Materials Development, December 31, 2008. http://pbl.ccdmd.qc.ca/resultat.php?action=clicFiche&he=1050&afficheRecherche=99&IDFiche=139&endroitRetour=99&lesMotsCles=mass%20of%20a%20car (accessed 20 October 2014).
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Lasry, Nathaniel. Problem Based Learning: Measuring the Mass of a Car. Montreal: Collegial Centre for Educational Materials Development, 2007. 31 Dec. 2008. 20 Oct. 2014 <http://pbl.ccdmd.qc.ca/resultat.php?action=clicFiche&he=1050&afficheRecherche=99&IDFiche=139&endroitRetour=99&lesMotsCles=mass%20of%20a%20car>.
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