Sun-Centered Physics Students use a coronal mass ejection (CME) to determine the relationship between position, average velocity and average acceleration and to analyze the motion of the coronal mass in terms of the forces acting on the body (Lesson 1).
Mass/Acceleration To see the relationship between mass and acceleration of an object.
Straight Line Motion in Two Parts Students will observe both constant and accelerated (changing) motion. They should be able to calculate speed from distance and time measurements. They will graph distance vs. time for each motion and observe that the two motions look different when graphed. (could be adapted to support Tech COS 5, 11)
Force Counterforce Students experiment with model parachutes to understand that the force of gravity affects acceleration of a falling object and that air resistance and friction act as counterforces to gravity.
Calculating Force, Mass, and Acceleration Students traditionally have a very difficult time identifying the given values in a word problem. This activity is designed to help students gain an understanding of what information is being given to them in word problems.
Newton's Third Law Pupils will verbalize and demonstrate Newton's 3rd Law of Motion: action and reaction.
Measuring Friction Students perform experiments to determine which factors effect the amount of friction using a shoe, ruler, and rubberband
Interactives - Amusement Park Physics Choose "Roller Coaster" - Kinetic vs. Potential Energy Choose "Bumper Cars" - Newton's Third Law of Motion Choose "Free Fall - Weightless Water Trick" or "Pendulum" - Gravity Choose "Related Resource" - Make a webquest or reading assignment from the list (also supports Tech COS 14)