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This small group activity is designed to help upper division undergraduate students analyze a standard problem about colliding lumps of clay. Students work in small groups using relativistic kinematics and conservation laws to study the collision of lumps of clay. The whole class wrap-up discussion summarizes group findings, pointing out that mass is not conserved in special relativity.

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.
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Relativity
- Reference Frames
= Inertial
- Special Relativity
= Relativistic Kinematics
- Upper Undergraduate
- Instructional Material
= Activity
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Paradigms in Physics Team
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NSF Numbers:
9653250
0231194
0618877
1023120
Paradigm ID:
rfmass
Keywords:
Conservation of Energy, Conservation of Momentum, Small Group Activity, Special Relativity, rfmasshand.pdf
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Metadata instance created June 22, 2015 by Lyle Barbato
Record Updated:
June 22, 2015 by Bruce Mason
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August 23, 2013
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T. Dray, (Paradigms in Physics Program, Corvallis, 2008), WWW Document, (http://www.physics.oregonstate.edu/portfolioswiki/acts:rfmass).
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T. Dray, Paradigms in Physics: Mass is not Conserved, (Paradigms in Physics Program, Corvallis, 2008), <http://www.physics.oregonstate.edu/portfolioswiki/acts:rfmass>.
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Dray, T. (2013, August 23). Paradigms in Physics: Mass is not Conserved. Retrieved December 18, 2017, from Paradigms in Physics Program: http://www.physics.oregonstate.edu/portfolioswiki/acts:rfmass
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Dray, Tevian. Paradigms in Physics: Mass is not Conserved. Corvallis: Paradigms in Physics Program, August 23, 2013. http://www.physics.oregonstate.edu/portfolioswiki/acts:rfmass (accessed 18 December 2017).
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Dray, Tevian. Paradigms in Physics: Mass is not Conserved. Corvallis: Paradigms in Physics Program, 2008. 23 Aug. 2013. 18 Dec. 2017 <http://www.physics.oregonstate.edu/portfolioswiki/acts:rfmass>.
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