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Is it Disadvantageous to Teach Forces First in Mechanics?
written by Andrew Pawl
Interactions are the heart of the mechanics course and forces are the fundamental representation of interactions. This suggests that beginning the introductory mechanics course with the topic of forces is a logical option. The majority of commercial textbooks, however, begin the mechanics course by teaching the concept of acceleration from a kinematical perspective before introducing Newton's 2nd Law. This paper presents evidence that college students in calculus-based introductory mechanics perform equally well when the course begins with forces as they do when it begins with kinematics.
Physics Education Research Conference 2014
Part of the PER Conference series
Minneapolis, MN: July 30-31, 2014
Pages 203-206
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Classical Mechanics
- Motion in One Dimension
- Motion in Two Dimensions
- Newton's Second Law
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American Association of Physics Teachers
DOI:
10.1119/perc.2014.pr.047
PACSs:
01.40.Fk
01.40.G-
Keywords:
PERC 2014, introductory physics
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A. Pawl, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2014, Minneapolis, MN, 2014, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13483&DocID=4082).
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A. Pawl, Is it Disadvantageous to Teach Forces First in Mechanics?, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2014, Minneapolis, MN, 2014, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13483&DocID=4082>.
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Pawl, A. (2014, July 30-31). Is it Disadvantageous to Teach Forces First in Mechanics?. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2014, Minneapolis, MN. Retrieved October 20, 2021, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13483&DocID=4082
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Pawl, Andrew. "Is it Disadvantageous to Teach Forces First in Mechanics?." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2014, Minneapolis, MN, July 30-31, 2014. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13483&DocID=4082 (accessed 20 October 2021).
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Pawl, Andrew. "Is it Disadvantageous to Teach Forces First in Mechanics?." Physics Education Research Conference 2014. Minneapolis, MN: 2014. 203-206 of PER Conference. 20 Oct. 2021 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13483&DocID=4082>.
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