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This web page contains problems to supplement the introductory textbook Matter and Interactions, by Ruth Chabay and Bruce Sherwood. These problems are designed for use with Volume 1, Chapter 9 on collisions. Topics include elastic, inelastic, and head-on collisions. Each problem can be viewed separately, with solutions, or downloaded as a pdf file.

The site includes videos showing solutions to many of the problems. These can be followed with RSS or as podcasts from iTunes. Instructors are encouraged to submit their own problems and solutions. Problems should be submitted in LaTeX; ample support is provided for this process on the web site.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Although this material is organized to support Matter and Interactions by Chabay and Sherwood, most of the problems can be used with other introductory physics texts. Additional information about the pedagogy behind Matter and Interactions, which emphasizes student modeling and a modern perspective, can be found at
Matter and Interactions Home Page

For a cost-free article by the authors on implementation of Matter and Interactions in the introductory physics classroom, SEE RELATED ITEMS on this page.
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American Journal of Physics article which discusses the pedagogy behind the Matter and Interactions curriculum, authored by Ruth Chabay and Bruce Sherwood.  May be freely downloaded in pdf format.

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