November 11, 2016

This is an activity for beginning physics students relating to force interactions, inertia in motion, and inelastic collision. In this scenario, students take the role of an insurance investigator who must determine fault in a T-bone collision involving a moving car and a stationary truck. With limited facts given in the initial case information, students must do additional fact-gathering, then use physics to determine the car's velocity at the time of impact. Problem-Based Learning (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. A key component is that some information is made readily available to the learner, but some must be uncovered through diligent searching.

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Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts, attending to important distinctions the author makes and to any gaps or inconsistencies in the account.

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.

Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., quantitative data, video, multimedia) in order to address a question or solve a problem.

Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.

Reason quantitatively and use units to solve problems.

Use units as a way to understand problems and to guide the solution of multi-step problems; choose and interpret units consistently in formulas; choose and interpret the scale and the origin in graphs and data displays.

Represent and model with vector quantities.

(+) Recognize vector quantities as having both magnitude and direction. Represent vector quantities by directed line segments, and use appropriate symbols for vectors and their magnitudes (e.g., v, |v|, ||v||, v).

Create equations that describe numbers or relationships

Create equations and inequalities in one variable and use them to solve problems. Include equations arising from linear and quadratic functions, and simple rational and exponential functions.

Build a function that models a relationship between two quantities

Write a function that describes a relationship between two quantities ?

Determine an explicit expression, a recursive process, or steps for calculation from a context.