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Here is an innovative and unique physics lesson. Pupils go on a field trip to a theme park. They are divided into groups. Each group chooses a ride to analyze. They film the ride in order to study the aspects of the ride they want to demonstrate. Once back at school, each group uses iMovie and divides their movie into smaller clips that demonstrate a principle of physics. This lesson is sure to cause lots of excitement!
The laws of thermodynamics raise the temperature in your classroom when physics pupils complete this worksheet! They demonstrate their understanding by calculating specific heat capacity, final temperature, amount of work done, and more. This assignment provides a well-rounded set of 12 problems for them to solve as a review.
There are plenty of mechanical principles that are inherent in the performance of athletic skills. These mechanical principles can be directly related to physics because they have to do with movement. The class may be familiar with terms like force, resistance, and levers because they have heard them in science class. Show them how these mechanical principles apply to the body's movement.
Scientific method, linear measurements, friction, inertia. Imagine learning scientific vocabulary in an ELA class. Before researching and developing a presentation about simple machines, class members build a common, but decidedly watered-down, version of these terms and scientific principles. Individuals then select an object from a provided list and investigate how these objects utilize one or more physics concepts. They draw an image of their object, craft a description of how it works, create an ad campaign, and present their findings to the class. A rationale for the approach and complete directions for the project are included in the resource.
Wow! Colorful and simple, these 160 slides introduce the various forms of energy, along with a relevant image. Some of the images are animations, which help beginning physical scientists to visualize the flow of electrons or energy! This PowerPoint would be great to bring energy concepts to your class, including transformation of energy, energy transfer, and the law of conservation of energy. Use some or all of the slides to your liking!
Eighth graders explore and demonstrate an understanding of the factors that contribute to the efficient operation of mechanisms and simple machines. They design and make a mechanical toy device that moves a given object a specified vertical and horizontal distance, and investigate the efficiency of the mechanical device.
A half-hour introductory video on mechanics and the metric system was produced with beginning physicists in mind. Note-taking guides are provided, in addition to a follow-up metric worksheet. For the lab, learners construct paper frogs. There are no instructions beyond that, but you could hold a jumping frog competition to give your class practice in measuring distances. Even without the activity, the video and other handouts are extremely useful for your physical science class.
This is a stellar overview of everything light and quantum! There are 30 multiple choice questions, none of them requiring any mathematical computation. There are a few diagrams to analyze: light rays striking reflective and refractive materials, spectral lines, and more. You can use this comprehensive set of conceptual questions as an exam.
A mix of scientific details and background information about the well-known sites of radiation attacks or accidents. This topic may open up details that you may consider as sensitive, and could be upsetting to some pupils. This is a perfect example of a topic that could be used in a cross-curricular setting, with enough time given for details and opportunities for research. The scientific details about the radioactivity and the methods for measurement are useful.
A total of 29 word problems furnish practice in solving for work, energy, and force. A few of the questions display diagrams to help learners visualize the systems, and all of them list five choices from which they select the correct answer. This makes a pertinent review that you can administer as a homework assignment.
As the cost of oil continues to rise and the environmental impacts of emissions become more widespread, the demand for alternative energy sources for cars is huge. In an engaging and challenging week-long lesson, your upper-elementary or middle schoolers are transformed into mechanical engineers as they design and build solar powered cars. If you live in an area that doesn't get much sun, it may be best to do this activity when you have the best chance of clear skies so the cars can be tested outside. Cover multiple Next Generation Science Standards, as well as Common Core literacy standards in a fun and exciting way.