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This is an interactive homework problem designed to promote student understanding of when to use the Work-Energy Theorem to simplify problem solving.  The problem gives the mass, initial velocity, coefficient of friction, and stopping distance of an empty truck traveling on a straight road.  Students must determine the stopping distance if the truck were fully loaded, doubling its mass.   A user-activated "help" sequence is provided for finding solutions within the framework of both the Work/Kinetic Energy Theorem and Newton's Second Law.  To promote critical thinking, immediate feedback is received for both correct and incorrect responses.  This item is part of a larger collection of interactive homework problems for introductory physics.
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Classical Mechanics
- Motion in One Dimension
- Newton's Second Law
- Work and Energy
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Newton's Second Law, Work Energy Theorem, displacement, homework problem, interactive problem, tutorial, velocity
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This resource is part of a Physics Front Topical Unit.

Topic: Conservation of Energy
Unit Title: Interactive Problem Solving

This scaffolded homework problem is an excellent way to promote student understanding of when to use the Work-Energy Theorem to simplify problem solving.  This problem involves a truck traveling on a straight road, both with and without a payload.  The author takes the student step-by-step through a Socratic format of conceptual analysis, strategic analysis, and finally, setting up the equations.

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G. Gladding, (University of llinois Physics Education Research Group, Urbana, 2006), WWW Document, (https://per.physics.illinois.edu/per/IE/ie.pl?phys101/ie/06/397-1).
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G. Gladding, Illinois PER Interactive Examples: Truck (University of llinois Physics Education Research Group, Urbana, 2006), <https://per.physics.illinois.edu/per/IE/ie.pl?phys101/ie/06/397-1>.
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Gladding, G. (2006, June 16). Illinois PER Interactive Examples: Truck. Retrieved September 9, 2024, from University of llinois Physics Education Research Group: https://per.physics.illinois.edu/per/IE/ie.pl?phys101/ie/06/397-1
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Gladding, Gary. Illinois PER Interactive Examples: Truck. Urbana: University of llinois Physics Education Research Group, June 16, 2006. https://per.physics.illinois.edu/per/IE/ie.pl?phys101/ie/06/397-1 (accessed 9 September 2024).
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Gladding, Gary. Illinois PER Interactive Examples: Truck. Urbana: University of llinois Physics Education Research Group, 2006. 16 June 2006. 9 Sep. 2024 <https://per.physics.illinois.edu/per/IE/ie.pl?phys101/ie/06/397-1>.
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