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SDI Labs are "guided construction" labs featuring hands-and-heads-on experiments in introductory mechanics.  They were designed to allow students to work cooperatively to construct an understanding of basic Newtonian concepts through active engagement with simple experiments.  Their effectiveness in promoting student crossover to the the Newtonian World has been demonstrated by rigorous pre-post testing.  Ten comprehensive labs and references are linked, which include the topics of Kinematics, Newton's Laws, Circular Motion, Rotational Dynamics, and Frames of Reference.
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Classical Mechanics
- General
- Newton's Second Law
Education Practices
- Active Learning
= Cooperative Learning
= Problem Solving
General Physics
- Collections
= Introductory Laboratories
- High School
- Lower Undergraduate
- Instructional Material
= Activity
= Laboratory
- Reference Material
= Research study
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- Physics First
- Conceptual Physics
- Algebra-based Physics
- AP Physics
- Activity
- Laboratory
- New teachers
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Newton's Laws, angular momentum, circular motion, circular motion, kinematics, lab, reference frames, rotational dynamics, socratic Dialogue, vectors
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Socratic Dialog-Inducing (SDI) Labs:

Contains Socratic Dialog-Inducing Labs: Newton's First and Third Laws

This lab focuses on Newton's First and Third Laws, with special attention given to introduction of the "touch-body" diagram as a means to represent motion.

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