Rotational Motion Teacher Resources
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Review of Rotational Motion
For this rotational motion worksheet, students calculate and answer 50 multiple choice questions related to the properties of rotating bodies.
Students solve problems using identities and properties. In this trigonometry lesson, students evaluate graphs and their functions. They investigate rotational motion and use the Pythagorean Theorem to solve problems.
Measures of Circular Motion
Physicists become Olympians in a competition using centripetal force. They ride a bicycle to comprehend relationships between linear and rotational motion. If you have an old-fashioned record player, it can be used to help pupils describe rotation and revolution. Classic pendulums and a classroom bowling ball pendulum are incorporated to help learners make connections. This activity-filled unit explores circular motion from every aspect, and the lesson write-up covers the details from every aspect as well!
Qualitative Aspects of Rotational Dynamics
Explanations for six different physics lab activities and five suggested assessments are contained in this resource by the National Science Teachers Association. Any combination can be used to open learners' eyes to rotational motion. They explore rotational inertia with weights and a meter stick, rotating force fields with a spring balance and pendulum, conservation of momentum with a bicycle wheel, and more! For a little excitement and a lot of education, check out this collection of physics pursuits.
Students investigate the invention of a celt spoon. They construct their own in order to make observations. This should include the spinning in opposite directions than that which it is sent. The construction instructions are included in the lesson plan.
Canned Goods Race
Students examine rotational motion and inertia. In this momentum lesson students complete a lab activity and evaluate the physical properties.
New! Science of the Winter Olympic Games: Physics of Slope-Style Skiing
Many mechanical phenomena are explained by a physics professor using Nick Goepper, a Winter Olympics 2014 slope-style skier, as the model. Beginning with kinetic and potential energy, the professor goes on to explain angular momentum and moment of inertia. This short film is a fresh and exciting way to introduce your physicists to these concepts. It is ideal for introducing and building interest in your mechanics unit, and takes a cross-curricular perspective on the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic games! .
Sound in Motion
Sixth graders examine the vocabulary associated with various types of motion. In this motion lesson, 6th graders explore machines for the type of motion they produce. Students replicate the motion using the correct description.
Students explore the drawings of Rube Goldberg to design and construct a simple machine. They discuss simple machines, and using various materials and toy parts, design and construct a "Rube Goldberg" style machine to ring a bell.
Pop Can Hero Engine
Hang a soda can from a string and watch it spin by the force created by water streaming out of slanted holes. This plan provides background information, detailed materials and procedures, discussion questions, a lab worksheet, and extensions. Six pages give you everything you need to teach the concepts of Newton's third law of motion to your physics fanatics!
Impulse, Momentum, and the Conservation of Momentum
What happens when two worlds collide? In the first of several activities, future physicists experiment with colliding ball bearings or Newton's cradle. Another activity requires the use of an air track with cars to examine collision. Learners tape masses to fishing line and drop from different heights to determine the force required to break the line. They demonstrate the conservation of momentum with water rockets. These activities are top-notch and the lesson plans are thoroughly written for your convenience.
Path to Mars
Students compare Earth and Mars to find similarities between the two planets using given websites. They collect and download pictures of geological features of both planets from print and non-print sources. Descriptions of the geological features are written and pairs of pictures are posted side-by-side for comparison.
WHAT IS BALANCE AND MOTION?
Students are able to describe how tight rope walkers are able to walk on a wire and not fall over. They are able to explain how a tight rope walker distributes their weight. Students provide an idea of how they can balanced as humans using our body parts.
Students investigate how the motion of the Foucault pendulum proves that the Earth is rotating. They research the Internet about pendulums and conduct an experiment online. They view a multimedia presentation about pendulums and read and answer questions.
Gravity: A Relatively Heavy Subject
Students examine planetary movement and its relation to the tide.In this gravity lesson students describe how and why the high and low tides change every day.
Non-Uniform Circular Motion
In this non-uniform circular motion worksheet, students solve five problems including writing equations of motion and showing modifications, answering questions about velocity, tangential acceleration, centripetal acceleration and angular acceleration.
May the Force Be With You: Thrust
Learners study how propellers and jet turbines generate thrust. This lesson focuses on Isaac Newton's 3rd Law of Motion, which states that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. Student teams explore the difference in how jet engines create thrust compared to propeller engines. Some excellent extension activities are imbedded in this plan, which lead to deeper understanding of Newton's 3rd Law.
Physics 210: Kinetic Energy
In this kinetic energy worksheet, students determine the kinetic energy of different systems based on objects moving with a tangential velocity and constant velocity. This worksheet has 5 problems to solve.
Physics 240: Kinetic Energy and Angular Momentum
In this energy worksheet, students determine the total kinetic energy of different systems and determine the distance two objects will travel down an inclined plane starting at a given height. This worksheet has 5 problems to solve.
Physics 240: Torque
In this torque worksheet, students review the right hand rule for torque and use this information to complete 5 torque problems.