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Interpreting Recoil For Undergraduate Students

Authors
  • Elsayed, Tarek A.
Type
Published Article
Publication Date
Jul 19, 2011
Submission Date
Oct 10, 2007
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1119/1.3694068
Source
arXiv
License
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Abstract

In this paper, I outline some problems in the students' understanding of the explanation of recoil motion when introduced to them in the context of Newton's third law. I propose to explain the origin of recoil from a microscopic point of view, which emphasizes the exact mechanism leading to recoil. This mechanism differs from one system to another. Several examples that can be easily implemented in the classroom environment are given in this paper. Such a profound understanding of the origin of recoil help students avoid some of the misconceptions that might arise from the phenomenological approach, and stimulates their thinking in the fundamental origins of other physical phenomena.

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