the Paradigms in Physics Program
This computer visualization activity is designed to help upper division undergraduate students model straight lines on a rotating Earth. Students use Maple to draw straight lines, i.e. great circles, on the earth, taking the earth's rotation into account. The entire class wrap-up discussion summarizes group findings, leading to a discussion on geodesics ("straight" lines on a curved surface).
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.
Dray, Tevian. Paradigms in Physics: Earth Hockey II. Corvallis: Paradigms in Physics Program, August 23, 2013. http://www.physics.oregonstate.edu/portfolioswiki/acts:rfehockey2 (accessed 17 July 2018).
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