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Unformatted text preview: PHYSICS 131 PROJECT INFORMATION (FALL 2000) Schedule Wed Nov 1 Individual Project Preferences Due Fri Nov 3 Project Team Formation Wed Nov 8 Team Project Proposals due Fri Nov 10 Proposals Returned/Begin Projects Tue Nov 21 Formal Project Report (Version 1) due by 5 pm Mon Nov 27 Formal Project Report (Version 1) returned Fri Dec 1 Rewrite of Formal Report (Version 2) due The Purpose of the Semester Project The process of working collaboratively to do research, data analysis, writing, more research, and rewriting is one that scientists at universities, colleges, and industrial and government laboratories engage in on a regular basis. We ask you to work with two of your classmates on only one formal project each semester so that you can give it special attention. We would like you to have the time to engage in the real world process of working as a member of a scientific research team. Your team will have the opportunity to communicate its findings effectively to peers in the form of a formal written report. Analysis of Motion The goal of this semesters project is to help you consolidate your understanding of the applications of Newton's laws as well as momentum and energy concepts. Thus, in this project you are to consult with your team members once they are selected and identify a set of "real-world" motions to analyze both experimentally and theoretically. Your team should be able to answer questions such as: (1) do Newton's laws (including the Law of Conservation of Momentum) actually work outside of the idealized world of the introductory physics laboratory? or (2) if we truly believe that Newton's laws apply to the motion of objects what are the nature of forces causing changes in motion of an object? For Theoretical Background The following books will be available in Room 104 to help provide the theoretical background to help you and the other members of your project team choose and write up your project. They include: Halliday, Resnick, Walker and Cummings, Fundamentals of Physics, Alternate Edition (your text) Brancazio, The Physics of Sports Laws, The Physics of Dance Adair, The Physics of Baseball Miller and Nelson, Biomechanics of Sport Of course, the Web can also be a very rich resource. Finally, some of the journals in the Physics reading room have interesting references. If you are curious about something, ask your instructor to suggest some references. For Experimental Analysis The major experimental analysis tools available for motion projects will include meter sticks and stop watches; computer- based laboratory systems (including the LabPro with motion and force sensors); and a video analysis system (including a video camera, VCR, and the VideoPoint software)....
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