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A very interesting demonstration on angular momentum and velocity. If you've ever wondered why ice skaters are able to spin so quickly during their routines, this video explains it in scientific terms. By bringing one's arms in to the chest, the angular momentum is changed in a way that makes the velocity increase. Very good, and it'll make you dizzy just watching it.
Explanations for six different physics lab activities and five suggested assessments are contained in this resource by the National Science Teachers Association. Any combination can be used to open learners' eyes to rotational motion. They explore rotational inertia with weights and a meter stick, rotating force fields with a spring balance and pendulum, conservation of momentum with a bicycle wheel, and more! For a little excitement and a lot of education, check out this collection of physics pursuits.
Physics stars will enjoy learning about the conservation of energy as you demonstrate gyroscope precession. The lecture is broken into five subtopics: cross product, rotating vectors, angular momentum, rotating rigid bodies, and torque and gyroscopes. The notes provided for the lecture are concise and informative.
In this momentum worksheet, students review impulses, angular momentum, and the law of conservation of momentum. This worksheet has 30 fill in the blank statements.
Students list three examples of momentum found in their local environment; describe the importance of mass and velocity on momentum; and determine what is necessary to produce the greatest amount of momentum within a particular system.
In this kinetic energy worksheet, students determine the kinetic energy of different systems based on objects moving with a tangential velocity and constant velocity. This worksheet has 5 problems to solve.
Students study the law of conservation of momentum and how mass and radius relates to it.  In this momentum lesson students know where axes are on their bodies and what type of rotation they have.
Students discover the angular solution of hydrogen activity. Depending on the undergraduate course, this activity can illustrate eigenvalue problems, to introduce Shrodinger's equation and particle wave duality, or to introduce numerical solutions for Schrodinger's equation.
The first activity may not work for your class if you don't have access to an open area of 30 meters and two cars of different masses, but the remaining activities can be used in any physics course. They all involve the investigation of Newton's first law of motion. If you visit the Scope, Sequence, and Coordination of Secondary School Science website by the National Science Teachers Association, you will easily find the student handouts. In addition to procedures for the activites, this resourece provides 18 different assessment exercises for you to choose from!
Dangle a spring to experiment with vibration and discover if period is dependent on amplitude. Strum a guitar and adjust the strings to compare displacement and sound. Use a Slinky® and guitar strings on a ring stand to uncover the mystery of resonance. For all three activities, Hooke's law and other equations are applied. These high-level activities will sing of information for your physics learners when studying wave motion, vibrations, and sound. 
In this chemistry worksheet, students complete 22 problems and fill in the blank questions on quantum numbers, electron configuration and hybridization of orbitals.
In this rotational motion worksheet, students calculate and answer 50 multiple choice questions related to the properties of rotating bodies.
For this torque worksheet, students review the right hand rule for torque and use this information to complete 5 torque problems.
In this physics 210-8 worksheet, students describe the movement of various objects when forces are present and not present. Students calculate the velocity and the moment of inertia for the word problems given.
In this forces worksheet, learners calculate the moment of inertia of a system and the kinetic energy of a system. This worksheet has 5 problems to solve.
Students are able to analyze gravity as an universal force. They are able to determine how the force of friction retards motion. Students are able to apply Newton's Laws of Motion ot the way the world works.
Learners identify variables that affect the system, and specify which variables are independent and which are dependent.
In this gravitation worksheet, students complete 50 multiple choice questions on universal gravitation topics and Kepler's laws.
High schoolers examine the formal definition of Newton's 3rd law: "forces always originate in pairs, equal in magnitude and opposite in direction." --The informal, qualitative version: "Each action has an equal and opposite reaction."
Students examine the motif of spinning and weaving in myths and folktales. They read various myths, complete a WebQuest, develop a mind map of story elements, and write an original "spider" story.

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