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The Physics Teacher
written by H. Vincent Kuo and Robert J. Beichner
published by the American Association of Physics Teachers
Most teachers of introductory physics will agree that many students have difficulty with vectors, so much so that we frequently spend a week at the beginning of the semester presenting material that students should know from previous mathematics courses. This review is often quite abstract, with little or no connection to familiar contexts, and seldom includes any motivation for students to "see it again." In this paper we present a vector activity that attempts to address both these issues using the stars of the Big Dipper, in the constellation Ursa Major, as a memorable context.
The Physics Teacher: Volume 44, Issue 3, Pages 168-172
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Computers, Interactive Learning, Vectors
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V. Kuo and R. Beichner, Phys. Teach. 44 (3), 168 (2006), WWW Document, (http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.2173325).
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V. Kuo and R. Beichner, Stars of the Big Dipper: A 3-D Vector Activity, Phys. Teach. 44 (3), 168 (2006), <http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.2173325>.
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Kuo, V., & Beichner, R. (2006, March 1). Stars of the Big Dipper: A 3-D Vector Activity. Phys. Teach., 44(3), 168-172. Retrieved December 15, 2017, from http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.2173325
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Kuo, Vince, and Robert Beichner. "Stars of the Big Dipper: A 3-D Vector Activity." Phys. Teach. 44, no. 3, (March 1, 2006): 168-172, http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.2173325 (accessed 15 December 2017).
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Kuo, Vince, and Robert Beichner. "Stars of the Big Dipper: A 3-D Vector Activity." Phys. Teach. 44.3 (2006): 168-172. 15 Dec. 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.2173325>.
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