Smartphones and Newton's first law in escalators and roller coasters

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Smartphones and Newton's first law in escalators and roller coasters. / Pendrill, Ann Marie.

In: Physics Education, Vol. 55, No. 3, 035016, 09.03.2020.

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T1 - Smartphones and Newton's first law in escalators and roller coasters

AU - Pendrill, Ann Marie

PY - 2020/3/9

Y1 - 2020/3/9

N2 - Your body is not a point particle. The nature and direction of the forces counteracting gravity influence your experience of uniform rectilinear motion- A s does your own orientation in relation to the force of gravity. Sensors in smartphones or other devices can capture these forces, and help establish a connection between the personal experience of motion and the textbook description of forces acting on inanimate objects. This work focuses on authentic examples of uniform or nearly uniform rectilinear motion in escalators and roller coasters. Multiple complementary representations of the motion are presented, including photos, graphs of accelerometer, gyroscope and barometer data, mathematical expressions, free-body diagrams and video analysis, including screenshots. The paper aims to inspire teachers to use a larger repertoire with more variation in the examples illustrating uniform rectilinear motion. Analysing these relatively simple motions lays a good foundation for the interpretation of data from more complicated motions.

AB - Your body is not a point particle. The nature and direction of the forces counteracting gravity influence your experience of uniform rectilinear motion- A s does your own orientation in relation to the force of gravity. Sensors in smartphones or other devices can capture these forces, and help establish a connection between the personal experience of motion and the textbook description of forces acting on inanimate objects. This work focuses on authentic examples of uniform or nearly uniform rectilinear motion in escalators and roller coasters. Multiple complementary representations of the motion are presented, including photos, graphs of accelerometer, gyroscope and barometer data, mathematical expressions, free-body diagrams and video analysis, including screenshots. The paper aims to inspire teachers to use a larger repertoire with more variation in the examples illustrating uniform rectilinear motion. Analysing these relatively simple motions lays a good foundation for the interpretation of data from more complicated motions.

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U2 - 10.1088/1361-6552/ab7682

DO - 10.1088/1361-6552/ab7682

M3 - Article

VL - 55

JO - Physics Education

JF - Physics Education

SN - 1361-6552

IS - 3

M1 - 035016

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