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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. From these values, they calculate the height that a loop can be inserted and still have the marble make it from beginning to end. Hold on to your hats, because it's sure to be a rolicking time!
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.
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.
Students explore force and motion through a series of experiments. In this physics lesson, students create and interpret speed graphs. They build an electromagnet and explain the factors affecting its strength.
What a wonderful way to explore motion and forces! Learners design a catapult, after watching a video and discussing types of catapults. This is a comprehensive and complete lesson with links to supplementary resources.
In this motion worksheet, learners complete motion word problems where they explain and define issues having to do with motion. Students complete 32 problems.
You can explore potential and kinetic energy with these lesson plans and make the playground an outside laboratory.
In this kinetics instructional activity, students complete 15 multiple choice, short answers and problems on half life, rate law and equilibrium concentrations.
Students view a video and complete experiments with force and motion. In this force and motion lesson, students examine small pieces and how they affect the motion of a toy car. Students also experiment with sand paper, bubble wrap and wax paper.
Students create a car using physics. In this forces and motion lesson, students create a car and test which changes in design change the performance of the car. Students complete a graphic organizer with the different changes they see.
Seventh graders create motion graphs using a motion sensor. For this physics lesson, 7th graders match the graph shown by moving their body. They relate the slope to the way they moved.
Students examine the motion of objects in two dimensions. In this dimensional lesson students view several demonstrations, complete a worksheet and a lab activity.
Students interpret a variety of motion graphs. In this physics lesson, students calculate the speed and acceleration of objects using numerical data from graphs. They apply what they have learned to solve real world problems.
Students examine the differences between potential and kinetic energy. In this potential energy lesson students watch a video and complete an in class investigation.
Eighth graders listen to a teacher lecture and observe a demonstration of both potential energy and stored energy. After discussing the characteristics and examples of different types of energy, 8th graders make predictions and then perform experiments with rubber bands to model kinetic energy. Students discuss the results of their lab.
High schoolers investigate the concept of straight line motion. They determine the pattern and graph it looking for the motion maintained at a constant speed. Students also write a description of the significance of the line. The skill of interpreting graphs is needed.
Students explore the concept of projectile motion. In this physics lesson, students watch the video "Science of NFL Football – Projectile Motion and Parabolas." Students participate in computer simulations on the range of projectiles and analyze punting strategies.
Students are introduced to the concept of Newton's 3 Laws of Motion. In this gravity lesson, students memorize the 3 laws of motion, practice reciting the laws with the teacher and watch a short video explaining the 3 laws. Students then give a short presentation to the class showing their comprehension of Newton's laws of motion.
Students study motion and apply it to daily life. In this laws of motion lesson plan students participate in an activity in which they act like health officers and complete some equations.
Students participate in an activity in which they act like a real life person and apply kinematics motion equations to things. For this discovery lesson students use real life situations to apply physics.