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Young Einsteins experiment with the acceleration of Hot Wheels™ toy cars down inclined planes at various angles. This classic physics lab activity is thoroughly explained in both a teacher’s guide and a student lab sheet. Science learners collect data from four trials at each of three inclined plane heights. They calculate and graph acceleration rates and determine percent error.
Your physics followers will have fun envisioning Fluffy, The Wonder Hamster being launched in his exercise ball or Mr. Kirwan building an airplane in his backyard as they solve problems regarding acceleration. They are to draw a diagram and show their work, including which formulas they apply to each situation. This is an entertaining and educational homework assignment rolled into one!
In collaborative groups, physics learners design and create a web portfolio of internet resoucres explaining poitive and negative acceleration, zero acceleration, and positive and negative velocity. This is a terrific assignment for integrating technology into the physics curriculum. ONe of the highlights is that the learners help design the grading criteria rubric before embarking on this creative project.
Students explore physics by conducting an experiment in class. In this force lesson, students define the terms acceleration, displacement and force while discussing how they relate to each other. Students participate in an experiment in which students drag a cart around the class with different weight in it and record the different times.
Students explore the concept of acceleration. In this acceleration lesson, students determine the acceleration of an object in free fall by collecting data using a graphing calculator and motion sensor. Student plot the velocity v. time data along with the position v. time graph. Students determine how both of these graphs relate to the acceleration of the object.