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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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
Students 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.