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When three dimensions are available, why is our solar system shaped like a flattened disk? Find out how the conservation of angular momentum plays a role. Physics and space science learners alike will be blown away by this bit of information.
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.
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 activity, learners calculate and answer 50 multiple choice questions related to the properties of rotating bodies.
In this torque activity, 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, students 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.
Students 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.
Learners 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.
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 quantum concepts worksheet, learners use orbital diagrams to construct energy level diagrams. They show electrons in each energy level and show the spin of electrons. They also sketch "cartoon diagrams" for given orbitals.
Instruct your new chemists about quantum numbers and the associated principles with this illuminating handout. It can be used over and over again as a reference sheet while they practice the concepts taught. This can serve as classroom notes and reinforcement practice.
Learners examine the history behind the frisbee and how Bernoulli's principle and Newton's law plays a role.  In this flight lesson students complete an experiment on how the rim of a frisbee effects flight. 
Students investigate methods used by aeronautical engineers to keep rockets on target. After exploring the center of gravity and the center of pressure, students build water rockets. Students use various methods to design fins on the rocket. Students then fly the rockets at various angles to determine which performs the best.

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