This item is an experiential learning 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 few facts verifiable, students must determine the car's velocity given the extent of the seat belt laceration injuries. This resource includes a printable student manual and links to background information on the Problem-Based Learning (PBL) instructional method. Registered users may also access a teacher's guide. SEE RELATED ITEMS ON THIS PAGE for a link to the full collection of PBL exercises by the same authors.


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Education Levels:

  • Grade 1
  • Grade 6
  • Grade 8
  • Grade 9


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