Students making sense of motion in a vertical roller coaster loop

Ann Marie Pendrill, Moa Eriksson, Urban Eriksson, Kim Svensson, Lassana Ouattara

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Describing the motion in a vertical roller coaster loop requires a good understanding of Newton's laws, vectors and energy transformation. This paper describes how first-year students try to make sense of force and acceleration in this example of non-uniform circular motion, which was part of a written exam. In addition to an analysis of the exam solutions by about 60 students, a group interview was performed a couple of weeks later with four students, who had all passed the exam. The interview allowed the students to reflect on assumptions made and information missed.

Sidor (från-till)1-13
TidskriftPhysics Education
StatusPublicerad - 2019-sep.-25

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