Motion on an inclined plane and the nature of science

Ann-Marie Pendrill, Peter Ekström, Lena Hansson, Patrik Mars, Lassana Ouattara, Ulrika Ryan

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Friction is an important phenomenon in everyday life. All children are familiar with playground slides, which may thus be a good starting point for investigating friction. Motion on an inclined plane is a standard physics example. This paper presents an investigation of friction by a group of 11-yearolds. How did they plan their investigations? What aspects of friction could they discern? What understanding of the nature of science was revealed—and developed—during their investigation and subsequent discussion with the teacher?

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)180-186
Number of pages6
JournalPhysics Education
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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