This modeling scenario guides students in a three-phase analysis of a toy pull-back car. The first component involves the solution of a second-order differential equation derived from a simple mathematical model of the pull-back car. The second component leads students through the process of data collection (optional) and parameter estimation using real data. Finally, the third component directs students to adapt the mathematical model to predict the maximum speed and distance traveled when a new pull-back distance is employed.
Throughout the modeling scenario, students are encouraged to compare model predictions with experimental findings. Ideally, students will be able to collect their own data; however, materials provided with the Student version will allow students to bypass data collection while still completing the remaining components of the modeling scenario.