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Abstract Title: Is it Disadvantageous to Teach Forces First in Mechanics?
Abstract: 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.  An overwhelming 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 poster presents evidence that college students in calculus-based introductory mechanics perform equally well in a course that begins with forces as they do in a course that begins with kinematics.
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Primary Contact: Andrew Pawl
University of Wisconsin-Platteville
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Platteville, WI 53818

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