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Motion on an inclined plane and the nature of science

Journal article
Authors Ann-Marie Pendrill
Peter Ekström
Lena Hansson
Patrik Mars
Lassana Ouattara
Ulrika Ryan
Published in Physics Education
Volume 49
Issue 2
Pages 180-186
ISSN 0031-9120
Publication year 2014
Published at Department of Physics (GU)
Pages 180-186
Language en
Keywords Friction, motion, nature of science, inquiry, playground, mass dependence
Subject categories Physical Sciences, Learning


Friction is an important phenomenon in everyday life. All children are familiar with playground slides, which may thus be a good starting point for investigating friction. Motion on an inclined plane is a standard physics example. This paper presents investigations of friction by a group of 11-year olds. How did they plan their investigations? What aspects of friction could they discern? What understanding of the nature of science was revealed - and developed - during their investigations and subsequent discussions with the teacher?

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