Modern Physics Teacher Resources
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A Wrinkle in Time Discussion and Activity Guide
As you work through Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time, try out some or all of the 20 questions and activities included here. Useful for discussion questions, group assignments, or individual projects, this resource covers plot as well as big ideas. Class members are asked to comment on the text, analyze characters, play with language, make connections to history, compose their own fiction, and more.
The Structure of Matter and the Chemical Elements
In this chemistry worksheet, students answer 73 fill in the blanks and multiple choice questions on the structure of matter and properties of elements in the periodic table.
Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Hot Wire Chemical Vapor Deposition, But Were Afraid To Ask
To wrap up your year of general chemistry, have lab groups compete in a tot wire chemical vapor deposition (HWCVD) competition. With their foundation in chemical nomenclature, stoichiometry, and gas laws, each group completes several tasks to earn points. Tasks include building and diagramming molecular models, calculating molar masses, researching HWCDV on silane, and preparing a presentation. Both the student handouts and teacher's resources are user-friendly. This lesson is top-notch!
Inertial Mass, Weight, and Newton's Second Law of Motion
The stage is set for you to guide future physicists through three forceful activities about motion. In the first, learners experiment with rolling carts to discover how objects interact. In the second, they inspect images of an object in motion and graph the average speed over time to find the acceleration. Finally, they design and calibrate an inertial balance that could be used to measure weight in outer space. These challenges are followed by your selection of assessments.
Power vs Truth
Young scholars explore Italian politics and warfare of the High Renaissance. They explain the effects of the Protestant Reformation and the Counter Reformation.
X-ray Diffraction Activity
A simple, single page assignment asks wave masters to record the wavelength of the x-rays coming from a powder diffractometer and perform calculations with it. Equations, energy level diagrams, and a periodic table are all included. Obviously you would need to have the lab instrument to fully carry out this activity with your class. If one is not available, you could simply assign x-ray wavelengths to your class to practice with. Relevant, but not as fun.
The Historiography on Robert Boyle: Was Boyle the Progenitor of Modern Science?
Students participate in a warm-up activity by attending a football match writing an account of who won the game. They discuss how their account could differ from someone else's account of the game. They discuss how different people's interpretations compares to historiography. They read three different accounts about Boyle and answer questions about their similarities and differences. They follow up with studying Newton and comparing him to Boyle.
Composition of the Atom
Students investigate the structure of the atom and its composition. In this atom structure lesson, students find the area of cut out circles and drop pens into the circles. They count the number of marks in the circles and relate their results to Rutherford's experiment. Students discuss the subatomic particles of the atom and using a handout of the periodic table they construct a model of a magnesium atom using toothpicks and gumdrops.
Students explore how compass and Gauss meter detect a magnetic field. In this physics instructional activity, students build their own Gauss meter and sensor based on given procedure. They cite real world applications of magnetism.
Light on Trial: Wave or Particle?
Fourth graders conduct a mock trial to determine if light is a wave, a particle or a combination of both.
An Approach to Chemistry via the Analysis of Art Objects: The Scientific Method, Laboratory Safety, Light and Color Theory
Young scholars create a painting that clearly exemplifies the use of primary pigments to make secondary pigments. They demonstrate the distinction between value and saturation. They explain the affect of adjacent colors on each other and discuss Wright's use of color in The Blacksmith's Shop.
Physics 240: Entropy
In this entropy learning exercise, students review the formulas associated with entropy and the Carnot cycle. Students calculate the answers to 5 entropy problems.
Students identify the parts of a human eye. In this eye lesson students compare a human eye to the lenses of a camera and explain what a hologram is.
Aerodynamics And Me
Seventh graders design, construct, refine, and test cars that they build on the computer screen. They find the density of several objects using the techniques used to find volume. They measure various common objects to become more familiar with their dimensions in metric units.
Resistances In Series And Parallel Circuits
Students observe the difference in illumination for a given set of bulbs when placed in series and in parallel circuits. They also calculate the IR drop across a network of resistances in series and parallel.
Physics Around the School: Simple Machines In and Out of the Classroom
Young scholars explore different machines and the components that encompass the science of physics. In this physics lesson students explore how things move.
Composition of the Atom
Students construct a model of the atom for any element.
Material Science Extension To the Electricity And Magnetism Unit
Students study the discovery of the electron and how it led to other inventions and discoveries concerning electrical current. They observe several demonstrations concerning electricity. In one activity, they determine whether or not a galvanometer is a reliable lie detector test.
Cyclic Universe: Worlds Without End
Students compare and contrast the Big Bang Theory and the Cyclic Universe Model. They explain basic properties of the univers which make life possible. They evaluate ideas about the origin of the universe as to their scientific value.
Aristotelian and Newtonian Motion
Students use a quotation from Einstein as a reference to categorize their descriptions as either Newtonian or Aristotelian. They discuss the idealized nature of the Newtonian approach. Students describe the events they observe when an object is dropped.