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  Session: Introductory Courses
  Paper Type: Contributed
  Title: EPA Mileage - Curb Weight Internet Activity for Introductory Physics
  Meeting: 2017 Summer Meeting: Cincinnati, Ohio
  Location: N/A
  Time: 4:30PM
  Author: Brenda M. Skoczelas,, Lake-Sumter State College,
(630) 207-8521, Skoczelb@lssc.edu
  Co-Author(s): David R Ober
  Abstract: Two two-hour laboratory periods are used to provide students with an opportunity for collaborative learning and making professional meeting-type presentations of data. Students will first work in partners and use the internet to research technical information on vehicle Fuel Economy ratings and Curb Weight for a variety of EPA Class Sizes. This is an important topic that is relevant to any person that might be looking to purchase a vehicle. Each group’s small data sets will then be shared with all groups in much the same way that real scientists communicate findings. During the second week, groups will organize a larger set of data, draw conclusions, set up mathematical relationships in many different ways, and present their findings in a professional meeting format. In this activity, students will have a chance to apply their textbook physics concepts to explain the real world relationships.
  Footnotes: None
  Presentation: Cincinnati AAPT Presentation - July 24 2017.pptx

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