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American Journal of Physics
written by Mark Rosenquist and Lillian C. McDermott
Results from research on student understanding of velocity and acceleration have been used to guide the development of a conceptual approach to teaching kinematics. The authors describe how instruction based on the observation of actual motions can help students: (1) develop a qualitative understanding of velocity as a continuously varying quantity, of instantaneous velocity as a limit, and of uniform acceleration as the ratio of the change in instantaneous velocity to the elapsed time; (2) distinguish the concepts of position, velocity change of velocity, and acceleration from one another; and (3) make connections among the various kinematical concepts, their graphical representations, and the motions of real objects. Instructional strategies designed to address specific difficulties identified in the investigation are illustrated by example.
American Journal of Physics: Volume 55, Issue 5, Pages 407-515
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© 1987 American Journal of Physics
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2945901
DOI:
10.1119/1.15122
Keywords:
acceleration, teaching, velocity
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M. Rosenquist and L. McDermott, Am. J. Phys. 55 (5), 407 (1987), WWW Document, (https://doi.org/10.1119/1.15122).
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M. Rosenquist and L. McDermott, A conceptual approach to teaching kinematics, Am. J. Phys. 55 (5), 407 (1987), <https://doi.org/10.1119/1.15122>.
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Rosenquist, M., & McDermott, L. (1987, May 1). A conceptual approach to teaching kinematics. Am. J. Phys., 55(5), 407-515. Retrieved January 18, 2021, from https://doi.org/10.1119/1.15122
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Rosenquist, Mark, and Lillian C. McDermott. "A conceptual approach to teaching kinematics." Am. J. Phys. 55, no. 5, (May 1, 1987): 407-515, https://doi.org/10.1119/1.15122 (accessed 18 January 2021).
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Rosenquist, Mark, and Lillian C. McDermott. "A conceptual approach to teaching kinematics." Am. J. Phys. 55.5 (1987): 407-515. 18 Jan. 2021 <https://doi.org/10.1119/1.15122>.
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