Description

A case study is presented in which a group of secondary school students took on a task in which they had to design and implement a method to measure the centripetal force of a ball following a circular motion. They experienced difficulties but in the end managed to achieve the objective, with the necessary help provided by their teacher. The report studies the difficulties they experienced, as well as the different types of assistance they required.

Centripetal force

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