PBL: A Day in the Life of John Henry, A Traffic Cop

A Day in the Life of John, Henry, A Traffic Cop

Instructor's Objectives

Students should be able to:

  1. Use understanding of the principles of forces, motion, and energy to design a plan to reconstruct a car accident.
  2. Explain how frictional forces related to varying surfaces affect the motion of an object.
  3. Calculate the velocities of two vehicles before and after impact using physics principles, such as forces, motion, mechanical energy, and conservation of momentum.
  4. Evaluate real world data related to a car accident in order to make a judgement about the drivers' fault.
  5. Find and use appropriate learning resources to aid in reconstructing the accident.

Last updated Nov. 22, 1996.
Copyright Barbara Duch, Univ. of Delaware, 1993.