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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 view a video to introduce forces and how they work. In this video force instructional activity, students experiment to find the force of gravity. Students record and draw conclusions about gravity based on their experiment. Students self evaluate by completing the instructional activity outline.
Students 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. Students record data from their experiments on the provided chart and step by step instructions on using the TI-73 are included.
When you lecture on the center of mass and center of gravity, show this presentation as a note-taking guide for your physical science class. Pause at the fifth slide to let them find the center of mass for their pencils. Also ask them what adjustments they find themselves making to remain stable when they change their own center of gravity as shown on the tenth slide. This compact collection of slides really packs a practical punch!