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Oct 14 2012 Modeling 2nd Law

This hands-on workshop focused on a series of practical experiments and exercises that guide students toward a deep understanding of Newton’s Second Law. Teachers carried out the experiments and exercises in “student mode” and discussed them in “teacher mode.” They used Vernier probes with low-friction carts and tracks. Other setups were made available for teachers who do not have tracks in their classrooms. Proven, effective modeling instruction techniques, such as whiteboarding, were an integral part of this workshop. While this was not a full, 3-week "Modeling Workshop," it provided a basic introduction to and taste of the modeling approach. Teachers received printed worksheets and other materials at the workshop.