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The Nuanced Universe: letting students discover simple models and then push them to their limits
This webinar, hosted by Direct Measurement Video developers Peter Bohacek and Matt Vonk (serc.carleton.edu/dmvideos/index.html), will highlight video-base experiments from their new collection, Pivot Interactives (pivotinteractives.com). Many of the experiments let students discover the fundamental laws of physics, even for topics like Coulomb’s Law and Newton’s 2nd Law, that have traditionally been difficult to perform quantitatively. In many cases, the quality of the data that students collect is sufficient not only to establish canonical relationships (1/r^2 for example) but also to see second order deviations from the simple models! Guiding students through the process of figuring out the origin of these deviations is a great way to show science in action. Students can suggest possible explanations, devise additional experiments to rule-out incorrect explanations, and then carryout additional video-based experiments to solve the mystery.

Aug 29, 2017 8:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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