Corinne A. Manogue
the Paradigms in Physics Program
This kinesthetic activity is designed to help upper division undergraduate students interpret graphs of effective potential versus radial distance. A student volunteer moves in an orbit described by a plot of effective potential vs. distance. The whole class wrap-up discussion focuses on what information is and is not included on the canonical plot of effective potential versus radial distance typically constructed by professional physicists.
This material is part of the Paradigms in Physics project at Oregon State University. This work promotes the use of active student learning in upper division physics courses. Both learning materials and learning strategies are provided to help both students and instructors.
Manogue, C. (2013, August 21). Paradigms in Physics: Interpreting Effective Potential Plots. Retrieved February 25, 2018, from Paradigms in Physics Program: http://www.physics.oregonstate.edu/portfolioswiki/acts:cfveffkin
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