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American Journal of Physics
written by Stephen E. Kanim and Keron Subero
We discuss the use of long-exposure digital photography in introductory mechanics laboratories. Students at New Mexico State University use inexpensive digital cameras to record the motion of objects with attached blinking light emitting diodes. These photographs are used to make inferences about the velocity and acceleration of the moving object. We use the analysis of these photographs to promote student understanding of the vector nature of kinematics quantities. In subsequent laboratories we build on this understanding to help students relate the acceleration vector for a moving object to the net force vector for that object.We give details about the equipment we use and describe the sequence of activities that we have developed for a two-dimensional motion laboratory and for a laboratory on Newton's second law. Finally we present some pre- and post-test data on questions related to the concepts underlying these laboratories.
American Journal of Physics: Volume 78, Issue 5, Pages 461-461
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Classical Mechanics
- Motion in Two Dimensions
= 2D Acceleration
= 2D Velocity
- Newton's Second Law
= Force, Acceleration
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- Lower Undergraduate
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© 2010 American Association of Physics Teachers
DOI:
10.1119/1.3373923
ISBN Number:
00029505
NSF Numbers:
0341333
0341350
0756909
PACSs:
01.40.Fk
01.50.Pa
47.00.00
Keywords:
2-Dimensional motion, 2D motion, Newton's Laws
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Metadata instance created September 8, 2013 by Zachary Davis
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April 28, 2015 by Lyle Barbato
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S. Kanim and K. Subero, Am. J. Phys. 78 (5), 461 (2010), WWW Document, (https://doi.org/10.1119/1.3373923).
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S. Kanim and K. Subero, Introductory labs on the vector nature of force and acceleration, Am. J. Phys. 78 (5), 461 (2010), <https://doi.org/10.1119/1.3373923>.
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Kanim, S., & Subero, K. (2010, May 1). Introductory labs on the vector nature of force and acceleration. Am. J. Phys., 78(5), 461-461. Retrieved September 18, 2020, from https://doi.org/10.1119/1.3373923
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Kanim, Stephen, and Keron Subero. "Introductory labs on the vector nature of force and acceleration." Am. J. Phys. 78, no. 5, (May 1, 2010): 461-461, https://doi.org/10.1119/1.3373923 (accessed 18 September 2020).
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Kanim, Stephen, and Keron Subero. "Introductory labs on the vector nature of force and acceleration." Am. J. Phys. 78.5 (2010): 461-461. 18 Sep. 2020 <https://doi.org/10.1119/1.3373923>.
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