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All introductory textbooks surveyed included a discussion of uniformly accelerated motion. However, when equations relating important quantities are developed it is clear that the authors differ when deciding how many equations to present. An inquiry-based, graphical approach to the study of motion builds on pedagogical advances and allows students to build a problem-solving framework for addressing uniformly accelerated motion. Through this approach, students - not their teacher - conclude that there are five important quantities with five corresponding important relationships and then actively participate in their derivation. This process helps the novice problem solver develop a big picture view of the problem, reinforces the graphical connections between the various representations of the motion and connects to a larger problem-solving framework.
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Turner, Warren and Ellis, Glenn, "Graphical Analysis and Equations of Uniformly Accelerated Motion - A Unified Approach" (2009). Engineering: Faculty Publications, Smith College, Northampton, MA.
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