Cartoons and Abstract Visuals

Barbara Tversky (Minds in Motion) discusses the cognitive power of cartoons to explain abstract concepts. In these three images, I have used cartoons to sequence events. There is a direct correspondence between the cartoon and the graph(s) below it.

cartoon parabola
Distance-Time Graph and Velocity Time Graph for a projectile.


cartoon motion graph
Velocity-Time graph of a bouncing ball


parachute cartoon
Parachute Terminal Velocity Graph


These cartoon/graph pairings allow the reader to jump up and down the ladder of abstraction (see here).

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