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  Session: Rocketry: Past and Future
  Paper Type: Contributed
  Title: Using North Korean Missile Development to Enhance Student Interest in Kinematics and Newtonian Mechanics
  Meeting: 2018 Winter Meeting: San Diego, CA
  Location: N/A
  Time: 3:00PM
  Author: Kendall E. Mallory,, Aims Community College,
6198902559, kendall.mallory@aims.edu
  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: The use of current events can enhance student interest in their studies of physics. The development of Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles in North Korea presents a strong opportunity for piquing student interest in kinematics, mechanics, error analysis, and the testing of hypothetical positions and strategies. Very early in their freshman courses, students can see the utility of physics including the analysis of international threats. In particular, I ask students to complete analysis of data from North Korean missile launches to determine the nature and seriousness of North Korean threats to the United States. This gives students an interesting motivation for working problems in ballistics. I can also ask students to evaluate the validity and accuracy of data associate with missile launches. This gives students an experience using physics and analytical techniques developing new concepts, models, designs, threats, and strategies.
  Footnotes: None
  Presentation: North Korean Missile Development.pdf

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