Vanessa Geerin

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Recent Reviews by Vanessa

Tue Mar 16, 2010 11:28 AM
4 Third Law
Wow! That was a lot of information! The 3rd law is definitely more complex than the first two. I thank the author for the interactive simulations because they definitely put me at ease. I still have many misconceptions similar to the ones that were listed to the in the tutorial. The author did use simple terms, but I am not completely grasping the concept. I think that I will have to re-read the tutorial for a better understanding. I do not feel confident with the information yet!

Tue Mar 16, 2010 11:14 AM
4 Second Law
I found that the Second Law is more difficult to understand than the First Law. It's confusing that the same push or pull on an object doesn't result in the same motion because of the mass of that object. I can understand why this is a misconception with students since I am not fully understanding the concept. The spaceship illustration in the beginning of the tutorial helped me. Also, the list of objects from the most to the least mass put things into perspective for me. Finding the resulting acceleration of an object is still difficult for me. I do think that the rubbing of the balloon to your hair and putting it near an aluminum can will be a fun experience for the kids! I will definitely need to utilize the classroom resources before attempting to explain this Law of Motion to my students. The resources seem very useful!!

Tue Mar 16, 2010 10:32 AM
5 First Law Tutorial
This tutorial was definitely a refresher for me from the summer program at Stevens. The text was actually easy to understand. I especially liked the videos that were provided. Although I have seen them demonstrated, I forgot just how interesting they are. I know my students would love to see this in the classroom. The demonstration of the index card and coin would help them to understand the First Law of Motion. Whenever I include a hands on activity, my students are instantly engaged! Now I just need to practice the demonstration so that I could share with my students!! Wish me luck!