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In this physics worksheet, students review vocabulary terms and key equations associated with the quantum mechanical model. Students apply the quantum theory to explain the photoelectric effect. This worksheet has 5 true or false, 12 matching, and 2 short answer questions.
Students explore ways to be more physically active. They discuss ways physical activity can help them and discuss activities that are best for them. After identifying activities they would like to try, they discuss health professionals who assist in being physically active and visit stations to try activities.
Designed by School Power...NaturallySM, this lesson familiarizes advanced earth science and physics learners about the variables that affect our supply of solar energy. They examine gas spectra and perform calculations. There is an abundance of learning to experience within the 24 pages of this resource!
A few class periods will be required to complete this physics investigation with your high schoolers. There is an unavailable video written into the lesson plan, but there is plenty of material here to bridge the gap. Two terrific outside websites are referenced, one includes a worksheet that guides learners through the bridge design and building processes. Not only would this be applicable to your physics curriculum, it could alternately be used in a STEM situation or an engineering elective.
Hopefully you have a sensor interface for your physics class to use with graphing calculators when collecting data with a light sensor. If so, read on. Use this resource for learners to predict and then test whether or not the intensity of light is directly related to the distance from the point light source. After the investigation, they associate findings to the forces of gravity and electricity. This is an outstanding activity for introducing the inverse square law.
The insulation of sound is investigated by physics fanatics during this inquiry. Audacity® free sound editing software is required for collecting data. A link to the website for downloading it and a few screenshots are included to help you make this happen. A rather simple set of questions is included on a worksheet. Since participants are measuring and recording sound, they can print out the data to turn in along with a lab report.
Instructions for series of six activites, a reading of scientific literature, and a choice of six assessments await you in this physics resource. Well-written plans guide you in guiding your pupils to experiment with levers, pulleys, rolling marbles, springs, and more. They will learn that energy is conserved, transferred into other forms, and how to put it to use in practical terms. Mathematical equations are employed in each activity, making these lessons most appropriate for high school physics.
Dangle a spring to experiment with vibration and discover if period is dependent on amplitude. Strum a guitar and adjust the strings to compare displacement and sound. Use a Slinky® and guitar strings on a ring stand to uncover the mystery of resonance. For all three activities, Hooke's law and other equations are applied. These high-level activities will sing of information for your physics learners when studying wave motion, vibrations, and sound.
Ninth graders experiment with force. In this Algebra I/Physical Science lesson, 9th graders use a force sensor to measure the force needed to lift an object and the force needed to pull the same object up an inclined plane. Students calculate and compare work done in lifting and pulling.
Give small groups of physical scientists tokens that represent electrons in a photovoltaic cell. They play a dice game in which they move the tokens around, representing the flow of electrons through the p-n junction of a semiconductor in order to light a bulb. A student handout is provided to explain the game. This resource is geared toward middle or high schoolers.
Students experiment with bouncing balls. In this physics activity, students drop superballs, record the bounce height, and determine the range and median of the measurements. Students discuss differences and patterns observed across groups. Extension activities include finding the standard deviation of the measurements and a discussion of energy conservation.