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22 resources with the concept center of mass

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Build a Bobsled Racer

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
Host a design challenge of Olympic proportion! Junior engineers build their own bobsleds using simple materials. The activity focuses on kinetic and potential energy and how the center of mass affects motion on a downhill track....
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Figure Skating Physics—Science of the Winter Olympic Games

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Learn about the center of mass and projectiles by examining the movement of Olympic figure skaters! Physics and skating fans will be delighted as they watch super athletes perform unbelievable feats. Arrows and text appear to highlight...
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5 Fun Physics Phenomena

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Magnetic cereal? Bendable water? Young scientists study five physics phenomena by watching a video from the Veritasium playlist. The narrator accompanies each demonstration with descriptions of what is happening—or appears to be happening.
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What Forces Are Acting On You?

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
You may not realize it, but you get pushed around every day. What forces are acting upon you? Young physicists explore gravitational force and normal force in a video that demonstrates both forces and their directions as they move...
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Projectile and Circular Motion, Torque

For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed Standards
Introduce your young scholars to the concepts of circular motion, projectile motion, angular speed, simple harmonic motion, torque, center of mass, centripetal force, and Hooke's Law with a 86-slide presentation. The circular motion...
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Center of Mass

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Lead your class on an exploration as they locate the center of mass in several oddly shaped two-dimensional objects they create from their imaginations. Pupils also determine the location of the center of mass in three-dimensional...
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3...2...1...Puff!

For Teachers K - 8th Standards
Which will make it fly better? Individuals build paper rockets with fins that are launched using straws. After determining an average flight distance, they make adjustments, such as size and location of fins, and try again. A second...
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Balancing Stick

For Teachers 6th - 10th
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...
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An Athlete Uses Physics to Shatter World Records

For Students 6th - 12th
Have you heard of the Fosbury Flop? It was invented by a college high jumper in and has become the standard technique for high jumpers world wide. Learn the physics of this move and why it is more effective for clearing the bar than the...
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Centers of Mass and Gravity

For Teachers 9th - 12th
When you lecture on the center of mass and center of gravity, show this presentation as a note-taking guide for your physical science class. Pause at the fifth slide to let them find the center of mass for their pencils. Also ask them...
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Centre of Mass

For Students 9th - 12th
Explain how to find the center of mass of an object. A video uses suspension and plumb lines to find the point of intersection that is the center of mass. It also relates this concept to simple pendulums, covering the time period and...
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Perpetual Motion

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students are introduced to the concept of Energy Conservation with the example of: Tony Hawk seems to defy the conservation of energy as he keeps reaching new heights on each pass on the halk-pipe. Actually, Tony is supplying the extra...
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Balancing Point

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explore the concept triangles.  For this triangles lesson, students use their Ti-Nspire calculator to find the medians and centroid of triangles.  Students construct triangles and locate the midpoint of each side of the...
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Review of Linear Momentum

For Students 10th - 12th
In this linear momentum worksheet, students calculate force, impulse and momentum to answer 50 multiple choice questions. They identify elastic and inelastic collision.
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TE Activity: Wow! That Captures It!

For Teachers 5th - 7th
Students examine how motion capture technology allows computer based animators to design realistic effects in animation. They study how the center of gravity contributes to animation and how to use the center of gravity to write an...
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The Center of Mass

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students determine the center of mass of two irregularly shaped objects, determine when the center of mass is inside or outside the boundaries of the object, determine when and/or why an object is stable, balanced, unstable or unbalanced.
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Center of Mass

For Teachers 8th - 10th
Students identify the geometric mean of their data. In this statistics lesson, students collect data and graph their findings. They identify the mean, range and mode.
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Methods of Applied Mathematics

For Students 11th - Higher Ed
In this application of integration activity, students solve 2 problems with additional parts added to each one. First, they sketch a soap film as described and find k if the total mass of soap film is 1 gram. Then, students find the...
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Tightrope Trials

For Teachers 5th - 7th
Students research the concepts of center of mass and how to make different things balance. They make symmetrical cut-outs of different "creatures" and experiment with how they balance on a tightrope of string.
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TE Activity: Build Your Own Mobile

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students inquire into how the center of mass is the key factor in designing cars. They construct an oddly shaped object and determine its center of mass. They find that engineers are able to predict how objects will behave while they are...
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Perching Parrot

For Teachers 5th - 7th
Students explore the concepts of center of mass and static equilibrium by seeing how non-symmetrical objects balance. They also analyze why all forces on an object must cancel out exactly for an object to be stationary.
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Robots from Junk

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers create balloon and rubber band models of robotic rovers to investigate the concepts of mass, torque, and friction. Through research and planning, students construct a rover test-bed that simulates the Martian environment.