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SDI Labs are "guided construction" labs featuring hands-and-heads-on experiments in introductory mechanics. Their effectiveness in promoting student crossover to the the Newtonian World has been demonstrated by rigorous pre-post testing.  Seven labs and references are included.
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Classical Mechanics
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- Newton's Second Law
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Newton's Laws, angular momentum, circular motion, circular motion, kinematics, lab, reference frames, rotational dynamics, socratic Dialogue, vectors
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Socratic Dialog-Inducing (SDI) Labs:

Contains Socratic Dialog-Inducing Labs: Newton's First and Third Laws

This lab focuses on Newton's First and Third Laws, with special attention given to introduction of the "touch-body" diagram as a means to represent motion.

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