This item is an applet-based problem for introductory physics on the topic of inertia in motion. A satellite floats at constant speed when its thrusters engage and produce a constant force perpendicular to the original motion. What is the resulting path of the satellite? Users choose a correct response from four animations. Physlet-based problems are intended to probe student understanding, elicit misconceptions, and serve as a springboard for discussion. Electronic student response systems (clickers) are often used to allow anonymous "voting" on the correct answer. SEE RELATED ITEMS BELOW for a link to the full collection of introductory physlet-based problems and for a companion problem about an object at constant velocity receiving a momentary push.

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