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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.
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.
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!
High schoolers 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.
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 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.
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.
Students explore the concept of math functions from experiments. In this math functions from experiments lesson, students perform a titration of acids, an Iodine clock reaction, and an inertial balance experiment. Students use the data obtained from these labs to produce equations.
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.