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Twisting and turning through the sky, roller coasters are popular attractions at amusement parks around the world, but how exactly do they work? Explore the physics behind these thrilling rides with an engineering design activity. Starting with a discussion of potential and kinetic energy and the law of conservation of energy, young engineers apply these concepts as they work in groups creating roller coasters using flexible plastic tubing and marbles.
3rd - 7th Science
Kelper's Three Laws
A flipped classroom lesson introduces astrophysics fanatics to Kepler's three laws of planetary motion. After reading about the laws of ellipses, equal areas, and harmonies, and also learning how Newton's gravitation concepts come into play, they answer nine questions as a review.
9th - 12th Science CCSS: Adaptable
Roller Coaster! Measuring Potential Energy, Kinetic Energy, and Lost Energy
While building rollercoaster tracks for marbles is definitely age-appropriate for middle schoolers, the calculations on the lab sheets for this lesson are above most of them. Physics fledglings measure the potential energy at the beginning of a track, the kinetic energy at its end, and the amount lost to friction along the way.
6th - 12th Science CCSS: Designed
Take a look at acceleration within the context of automotive technology. They vary the mass on a toy car and run it down a ramp, exploring Newton's second law of motion. Though this is a classic lab activity, you will appreciate the layout of this particular lab sheet.
8th - 12th Science CCSS: Adaptable
Soda Straw Rockets
Three, two, one, blast off to a better understanding of force and motion with this exciting science lesson! Beginning with a discussion about rockets and gravity, young scientists go on to complete a series of worksheets about net forces before designing and testing their own paper rockets.
K - 6th Science CCSS: Designed
Investigation: Kinetic and Potential Energy
A well-developed lab sheet guides physical science learners through an investigation of kinetic and potential energy. In small groups, collaborators discover whether or not the ramp height or mass of an object has an effect on the energy. All steps of the scientific method are included on the handout, and as an added bonus, find a 10-page reading on the forms of energy and transformations.
5th - 8th Science CCSS: Adaptable
Investigation: Conservation of Energy
By rolling marbles down a six-foot length of track, physical scientists determine how much energy is lost to heat. It is recommended that you opt for the foam pipe insulation track because more friction slows the marble, allowing learners more time to measure, and the tracks can then be rolled up for more than one space option when storing for future use.
5th - 8th Science CCSS: Adaptable
Animation Basics: The Option Illusion of Motion
From creating simple flip books to watching Saturday morning cartoons, we have all experienced the magic of animation. But how is it that a series of still images can be brought to life? It all has to do with the speed at which our brain processes what we see.
5 mins 7th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Introduction to Kinetics
The focus of this chemistry video is kinetics, which is a study of exactly what happens to compounds when they react together. Specifically, kinetics is a study of the rate of chemical reactions, and what forces affect that rate. Sal sets up a few problems that have different variables such as: atmospheric pressure, temperature, and surface area in order to illustrate how kinetics works.
15 mins 7th - 10th Science
Rubber Band Racers
After reading a brief overview of automobile history and introduction to energy and motion, automotive engineering teams plan, construct, test, and evaluate a rubber-band-powered car. This manipulative experience can enrich understanding of kinetic and potential energy, so consider using the instructional activity in a physical science class or, as intended, an engineering class.
3rd - 12th Math CCSS: Designed
A world without friction would be a very strange place. Young scientists explore the impact of this fundamental force on everyday life in this fun science investigation. Given a number of different fabrics children perform experiments to measure the force it takes to move shoes with different materials on their soles.
3rd - 5th Math CCSS: Adaptable
Projectile Motion Review
Launching Fluffy, the Wonder Hamster, in a catapult might not be humane, but imagining the action to analyze projectile motion should be acceptable. This physics resource injects a little silliness, yet is quite serious about assessing learners' understanding!
9th - 12th Science
Here is a rare gem for physics teachers! An engaging collection of slides opens with a question about aiming a slingshot at a monkey as it lets go of the branch from which it hangs. Projectile motion concepts are presented with graphics, graphs, equations, and explanations.
9th - 12th Science
A unique and useful presentation, this covers projectile motion for your general physics class. Many graphs display the vectors involved, and some even act as animations. Motion is broken down into its components and only then are the mathematical formulas presented.
9th - Higher Ed Science
Acting on Newton's Third Law of Motion
For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Your physics fans will react to you showing this PowerPoint by understanding Newton's third law! It is full of diagrams pertinent to the information being explained. A few "Consult With Your Neighbor" slides are incorporated so that learners can interact and more deeply process what is being taught.
9th - 12th Science
Motion and Forces
A substantial but viewer-friendly selection of slides presents the topics of forces and motion. The simplicity of format and content make this perfectly suited to an introductory physical science course. Slides begin by addressing one-dimensional speed and distance, and then they venture into the deeper waters of velocity and acceleration.
7th - 12th Science
New Review Simple Machines: Force and Motion
Get things moving with this elementary science unit on simple machines. Through a series of nine lessons including teacher demonstrations, hands-on activities, and science experiments, young scientists learn about forces, motion, and different types of simple machines.
2nd - 4th Science CCSS: Adaptable
Task: Range of Motion
If you have ever injured your shoulder, you know it takes a while to improve your arm's range of motion. In this real-world example, young mathematicians gain insight into the world of physical therapy while they analyze a case study using protractor skills, properties of right triangles, and the trigonometric sine ratio.
7th - 10th Math CCSS: Designed
Isaac Newton’s Three Laws of Motion
Explore the laws of motion though a window book activity. Learners use the provided templates to put together a book that includes Isaac Newton's three laws. Behind the window flaps, they can place images, graphic, experiment results, and more to represent each law.
6th - 9th Science