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How do satellites orbit the earth? Technically they are free-falling, but missing Earth's surface! Being explained in great detail and with entertaining animation, these concepts are sure to amaze your starling scientists! Another plus is that this topic can easily be incorporated into a physical, earth, or space science curriculum. Bookmark this multi-purpose film for a variety of uses!
Students calculate effects of gravitational force on planets, discuss the effects of weightlessness on the human body and describe and demonstrate how objects in a state of free fall are accelerated by gravity at an equal rate.
Learners 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. Learners determine how both of these graphs relate to the acceleration of the object.
A very scientific-looking but appealing set of slides helps you teach young physicists about the force of friction. First explain what static friction is and demonstrate how to solve problems. Then introduce kinetic friction and the associated equations. Finally, free fall through fluid friction concepts. Toward the end of the presentation, several slides display practice problems for viewers to try. The formatting of these slides is less-than-perfect, but easily edited so that the whole problem is visible.
In this free fall kinematics activity, students solve four problems which include finding the speed at which objects are falling, determining the time it takes for them to hit the ground and finding the distance they travel.
In this free fall kinematics activity, students solve a variety of problems using given equations to find velocities of objects dropped at rest, position of objects dropped from rest and velocities of objects thrown upwards.
Middle schoolers investigate the force of gravity and how it effects different objects that are put into acceleration when applied the experiment of free falling. They drop different objects that have a variety of masses and some that cause air resistance. They make observations and record the findings.
Explore parametric equations in this lesson, and learn how to determine how much time it takes for an object to fall compared with an object being launched. high scoolers will use parametric equations to follow the path of objects in free fall and then discuss why an object dropped and launched land at the same time.
Students measure acceleration using a Picket Fence and a Photogate. In this physics lesson, students drop an object and measure the acceleration of the object free falling. They log their data using the TI.
In this energy worksheet, students use the gravitational potential energy equation to solve for mass, height, or free-fall acceleration. This worksheet has 10 problems to solve.
Students explore concept of acceleration and motion under the influence of gravity, starting with free fall and ending with motions that start out with both horizontal and vertical initial velocities.
Twelfth graders explore integral calculus. In this Calculus lesson, 12th graders use the tools of integral calculus to investigate the motion of a free falling objet which is governed by both gravity and air resistance.
Students investigate the law of gravity and how an object can accelerate while going through a free fall. They examine the influence of air resistance and how it can influence the momentum of an object. The lesson contains background information for the teacher.
Students solve quadratic equations. In pairs, students perform experiments where an object's free-fall is measured and graphed. Students discover and write reports on the uses of parabolas in real life applications. A guest speaker, such as an engineer, may be asked to explain the use of parabolas. Students discover that trajectory, drag, wind and other real life situations affect the graph of a ball flying through the air.
In this investigation worksheet, students determine the terminal velocity of a skydiver in free fall. Students also determine the terminal velocity of a skydiver under canopy.
Students predict the behavior of coffee in a cup while it is dropped during a demonstration. They relate their observations to the weightless conditions that astronauts experience in space and discuss the concept of free-fall.
Students explore the concept that free-fall eliminates the local effects of gravity. They discuss what an Earth-orbiting spacecraft experience is like as well as the terminology of weightlessness. Their lab experiment commences.
Young scholars investigate gravity. In this weightless lesson students complete a lab activity about how a free fall might effect how one perceives gravity.
Ninth graders investigate free-fall. In this force and energy lesson plan, 9th graders use a free-fall apparatus to calculate velocities, acceleration, and periods of oscillation using a digital timer with a photogate.
In this gravity worksheet, students define terms such as free fall, terminal velocity, and inertia. Then students compare the different types of forces that act upon objects. This worksheet has 9 short answer and 4 fill in the blank questions.