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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.
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!
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.
This three-page instructional activity moves physics masters to show what they know about motion. They analyze graphs of time versus displacement, solve instantaneous and average velocities, solve word problems, and graph results. This is an outstanding assignment to give as a review before a quiz on velocity and acceleration.
A nine-page physics resource supports your lesson on acceleration. A step-by-step lesson plan walks you through the materials you need, the background information, steps for leading experimentation, and the explanation of the results. The only missing element is a student Exploration Guide, which you can create by simply modeling the instructions given to you.
Students explore physics by conducting an experiment in class. For 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.
In this acceleration and velocity worksheet, students are given a table to complete with position, velocity and acceleration. They draw sketched and vectors of each condition and write a verbal interpretation of the motions. They also analyze a projectile progression of a ball thrown upward.
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.
For this acceleration worksheet, students experiment with varying amounts of mass to observe the effects on the force needed to move an object. Students apply Newton's Second Law of Motion to describe the relationship between mass and force needed to move an object. Students graph their data and answer 2 questions about their results.
In this acceleration and average speed worksheet, students learn the equations for acceleration and average speed. They match 6 variables with their quantities, they identify speed vs. velocity and scalar vs. vector and they solve 4 problems for speed or acceleration. They analyze 2 graphs and find the acceleration and the regions indicating constant speed, deceleration and acceleration.
High schoolers use dynamics carts to illustrate Newton's Second Law of Motion. In this force and motion instructional activity, students use dynamics carts to experiment and prove Newton's Second Law. They establish the relationship between mass and acceleration for push and pull forces.