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This item is a PBL (Problem-Based Learning) activity for introductory physics relating to conservation of momentum, frictional force, and kinetic energy. This scenario involves a car crash in which a small car is struck broadside by a vehicle of more than double its mass. Students have the task of determining whether either driver engaged in reckless driving. To solve the problem, students work cooperatively to determine the coefficient of friction on the roadway, velocity of each vehicle at the time of the crash, and velocity of the vehicles prior to braking. They will use a combination of strategies: Work-Energy Theorem and kinematic equations. PBL is an instructional method designed to strengthen student competency in reasoning and problem-solving. The activities mirror real scenarios encountered by practicing scientists and engineers. Learners sift through information to separate useful from irrelevant data, locate missing information on their own, and then apply physics in finding solutions. This resource includes a printable student manual and a password-protected teacher's guide with solutions and tips for instructors.

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• Mathematics > General

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CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.11-12.2: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; summarize complex concepts, processes, or information presented in a text by paraphrasing them in simpler but still accurate terms.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.11-12.3: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

Follow precisely a complex multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks; analyze the specific results based on explanations in the text.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.11-12.4: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 11—12 texts and topics.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.11-12.9: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

Synthesize information from a range of sources (e.g., texts, experiments, simulations) into a coherent understanding of a process, phenomenon, or concept, resolving conflicting information when possible.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.WHST.11-12.9: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

Draw evidence from informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.

CCSS.Math.Content.HSN-VM.A: Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

Represent and model with vector quantities.

CCSS.Math.Content.HSN-VM.A.3: Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

(+) Solve problems involving velocity and other quantities that can be represented by vectors.

CCSS.Math.Content.HSA-SSE.A: Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

Interpret the structure of expressions

CCSS.Math.Content.HSA-SSE.A.1: Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

Interpret expressions that represent a quantity in terms of its context ?

CCSS.Math.Content.HSA-SSE.A.1a: Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

Interpret parts of an expression, such as terms, factors, and coefficients.

CCSS.Math.Content.HSF-IF.B: Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

Interpret functions that arise in applications in terms of the context

CCSS.Math.Content.HSF-IF.B.4: Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

For a function that models a relationship between two quantities, interpret key features of graphs and tables in terms of the quantities, and sketch graphs showing key features given a verbal description of the relationship.?

CCSS.Math.Content.HSF-IF.B.6: Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

Calculate and interpret the average rate of change of a function (presented symbolically or as a table) over a specified interval. Estimate the rate of change from a graph.?
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