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  Session: Outreach: Fun Ways to Engage
  Paper Type: Contributed
  Title: Kinematic Competitions for Classroom Demonstrations and Outreach Events
  Meeting: 2014 Summer Meeting: Minneapolis, Minnesota
  Location: N/A
  Time: 2:20PM
  Author: Elliot E. Mylott, Portland State University
503-997-7148, emylott@pdx.edu
  Co-Author(s): Justin C. Dunlap, Lester Lampert, Ralf Widenhorn
  Abstract: We present three competitions that quantitatively explore key physics principles from mechanics with three fun physical challenges. They have been used in multiple formats and venues including in the mechanics section of Introductory General Physics at Portland State University (PSU) and multiple outreach events both on campus and at local schools by the Science Outreach Society, a student-led PSU group that promotes science literacy in the community. Each competition uses an original, real-time data collecting program, which offers a simple, clear method to demonstrate various physics concepts including: (1) impulse-momentum, (2) center of mass, and (3) kinematics. The user interface, written in LabVIEW, is intuitive to operate and the competitions require only Vernier Force Plates, a Vernier LabQuest, a webcam, and a computer. Each of these activities is readily available and well-suited for audience participation at outreach events or classroom demonstrations.
  Footnotes: None
  Presentation: Mylott-Kinesthetic activities AAPT 2014 BF06.pdf

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