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Tarzan's Dilemma: A Challenging Problem for Introductory Physics Students
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Tarzan's dilemma.

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Using conservation of energy. The initial configuration is (1); the final configuration is (2), when Tarzan releases from the the vine.

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Horizontal range from initial vine contact point as a function of release angle. ( , , .) for these values, maximum range occurs at .

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2013-10-08
2014-04-17

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The following kinematics problem was given to several students as a project in conjunction with a first-semester calculus-based physics course. The students were asked to keep a journal of all their work and were encouraged to keep even their scrap paper. The goal of the project was to expose the students to the process of doing theoretical physics, by tackling a project that is easy to pose conceptually yet surprisingly challenging in its solution.

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Scitation: Tarzan's Dilemma: A Challenging Problem for Introductory Physics Students
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