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Students should describe the path that the motion would take as well as what might begin or stop the motion. The common characteristic of all the motions that students have experienced directly is that one or more forces are acting on the moving body.
Young scholars measure motion. In this gravity and motion lesson, students make a simple pendulum and use the TI-73 calculator to calculate how acceleration varies with pendulum length. Young scholars record data from their experiments on the provided chart and step by step instructions on using the TI-73 are included.
Students examine the principles of orbit using water balloons and a piece of string to see how gravity and the velocity of a spacecraft balance to form an orbit. They determine how an object can escape the gravity of the sun or planet. They look at how engineers design huge rockets so that they can get out of the Earth's gravity.
Go around and around in your physics class with this presentation on circular motion. Diagrams bring the definition to life. Formulas for angular acceleration, centripetal force, gravitation, and potential in a radial field are given. This comprehensive set of slides concludes with an example problem.
Eighth graders examine how gravity can cause the planets to move. In this gravity lesson plan students divide into teams and complete an activity and games.
In this Earth worksheet, students read about Earth's gravity, the reason the Earth has seasons, and time zones. Then students complete 21 multiple choice, 2 true or false, and 1 short answer question.
Students write a sketch of an artist or athlete that has pushed the limits on gravity. They explore concepts of rhythm, balance and friction. They examine how engineers design sports equipment.
Pupils calculate acceleration due to gravity.
Sixth graders explore the characteristics of gravity. They discuss gravity on Earth and then use cereal boxes to research and compare the weight of objects on Earth to the weight of those objects on other planets.
Young scientists will enjoy this delightful video that illustrates the role gravity plays in our solar system. Lyrics set to a snappy tune explain that the force of gravity is what holds us to the earth and keeps planets orbiting around the sun. The song also includes information about the Big Bang, black holes, galaxies, and all the planets. The video presents attention-grabbing visual representations that correspond to the lyrics, making it an excellent supplement to your lessons about the solar system.
Students explore force of gravity by experimenting with several falling objects.
Students watch experiments to define gravity and what gravity's function. In this gravity lesson, students watch video segments about experiments conducted with two objects to see what gravity does with different masses.
Students examine how gravity affects launching rockets into space. In this physical science instructional activity, students review the concept of gravity and use an interactive online site, "Gravity Launch," to simulate a rocket launch.
Students investigate the concepts of gravity and motion, revolution and rotation. In this gravity lesson plan, students watch a video about gravity. They determine what their ages would be on different planets based on their revolution around the sun. They complete journal entries that show understanding of the concepts.
Can you feel the weight of the world? After viewing this PowerPoint, your physics class will. They learn that because of the gravitational pull of the sun, Earth does not go flying off into space. They also learn how to use the universal law of gravitation to calculate Earth's mass and the inverse-square law to relate intensity and distance. This is a descriptive demonstration of these physics concepts for your high schoolers.
Students research about different human space explorations conducted by NASA. In this physical science instructional activity, students discuss why space exploration is important. They write a paper about their thoughts on continuing NASA's space shuttle program.
Humans are so used to gravity as a force that we don't tend to pay much attention to it on a daily basis. Through a couple simple activities, learners experience changes to their center of gravity and come to the understanding that people make adjustments for gravity more than we realize. Kids record their data on the provided worksheet, then answer some follow-up questions. Duration of the lesson will vary depending on the age of the class.
Through a series of experiments and demonstrations, fifth graders will learn about gravity. They will make predictions, drop various objects, write down their observations, and try to understand gravity through balance. This lesson seems as though it is intended for a summer or after school program. However, the experiments are sound and would compliment any lesson on gravity.
Students assess and explore gravity in the Universe via several short video lessons. They analyze why this science matters and the history of Sir Isaac Newton's law of gravity. A variety of questions are asked within this lesson for each student to answer.
Seventh graders determine the center of gravity of an object. They get card stock objects to balance on pencil eraser and a meter stick to balance with same # of weighted string(s) on each side. They get meter stick to balance with 2 weighted strings on 1 side and 1 weighted string on the other.