Reflection: Pacing Introduction to Forces and Work - Section 4: Practice Problems


It was my desire to provide students with a simple set of problems that were set in the more familiar realm of the everyday world. In addition, I thought that the non-intuitive nature of forces between charges was too abstract and I thought the non-constant nature of those forces would lead to computational struggles. While I may have been right about some of those ideas, there were unintended consequences of introducing gravitational potential energy.

  Too much, Too soon
  Pacing: Too much, Too soon
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Introduction to Forces and Work

Unit 2: Electrostatics
Lesson 2 of 15

Objective: Students will understand the algebraic relationship between work, energy, and forces.

Big Idea: Work can be calculated as the product of force and distance.

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