Case Study: Applying Newton's Third Law of Motion in the Gravitron Rideby: Anthony J. Creaco, Owen A. Meyers, and David A. Krauss

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This column provides original articles on innovations in case study teaching, assessment of the method, as well as case studies with teaching notes. In this month’s issue students learn about centripetal and frictional forces through a case study involving an amusement park ride.

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  • on Sun May 03, 2015 12:47 PM

This article takes a gravitron ride and uses it to explain how centrifugal force applies to Newton's Second Law, F=MA and Newton's Third Law of action/reaction motion in a ride.

Robin Willig  (Rye Brook, NY)
Robin Willig (Rye Brook, NY)

  • on Wed Mar 13, 2013 10:24 AM

This article gives an interesting way of studying Newton's Laws of Motion. It presents a "case study" where two high school students are discussing their ride on the Graviton at an amusement park. Students in the physics course are asked to read the case study at home and then discuss it in class. This "case study" method makes the lesson more personal to them and they are more interested in their lesson as a result.

Betty Paulsell  (Kansas City, MO)
Betty Paulsell (Kansas City, MO)

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