Rotational Motion Teacher Resources

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In this rotational motion worksheet, students calculate and answer 50 multiple choice questions related to the properties of rotating bodies.
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 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.
Students calculate the moment of inertia of a disc. For this physics lesson, students differentiate the two methods used in finding the inertia. They construct their own pendulum for the lab.
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 plan write-up covers the details from every aspect as well!
Students explore several different type of simple machines and examine what they are used for.  In this machines lesson students complete several activities using simple machines. 
Students examine rotational motion and inertia.  In this momentum lesson students complete a lab activity and evaluate the physical properties. 

New Review Momentum Machine

If you have a rotating office chair in your classroom, you can have physics pupils participate in this simple, yet effective demonstration of angular momentum. One partner sits in the chair, arms outstretched, holding heavy weights. The other partner spins him around. As he moves his arms inward, speed should increase. Make sure to have kids take measurements and perform associated calculations. 
Students examine the concept of angular momentum and its correlation to mass, velocity, and radius. They listen to a teacher-led lecture, conduct an experiment with rotational inertia, angular momentum, and rotation speed by making variations of spinners and comparing the different spins they produce, and answer discussion questions.
Have your techies read up on the details of how combustion engines work in an automobile. Create a set of accompanying response-to-reading questions and have your mechanical engineering or automotive technology class use this as a homework assignment.
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! .
Take your time with this lesson. Junior engineers read about different types of clocks and then work together to build a pendulum time-keeper. There are no hints as to how they might go about accomplishing this complex task, so you may want to conduct some research or try a few of your own engineering designs before introducing the activity to your class.

New Review Balancing Stick

Have some physical science fun when studying the center of gravity or center of mass. Simply have balancing artists stand a dowel on one finger and keep it from falling over! A lump of clay is added and moved up along the dowel over a series of trials so that they alter the center of gravity and feel how different the motion is to keep the stick up. 
The terminology used in geometry, including such words as centroid and median are discussed in this video. Through this lecture, young mathematicians can see a visual representation both median and centroid. Also, a proof showing how to calculate medians is demonstrated.
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.
Young scholars 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 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.
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.

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