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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.
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 multipurpose film for a variety of uses!
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.
A three-page worksheet has been designed to follow a series of acceleration activities accessible through a reputable physics website. After completing the activities, physical science stars answer several questions about gravity and free falling. They calculate velocity after the number of seconds passed and draw graphs.
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.
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.
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.