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Velocity of Traffic on Highway 26

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Physics fanatics time five cars as they pass on the highway. They use the times and a 20-yard distance to calculate velocity. They also graph distance vs. time. A page of student pre-lab questions is provided in addition to the activity...
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Regents High School Examination - Physics 2010

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Give every type of learner in your physics class an opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned throughout the year. From analyzing tables and graphs, to evaluating diagrams and solving problems, there is an outstanding variety of...
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Physical Setting: Physics Exam 2004

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Twelve pages of mostly multiple-choice questions comprise this comprehensive New York Regents physics exam. It covers an entire year's worth of physics curriculum and requires about three hours for completion. Review the questions to...
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Deep Impact Comet Encounter

For Students 9th - 12th
Physics apprentices analyze the impact of NASA's Impactor as it collided with the comet Tempel 1 in July of 2005. They calculate the mass and speed of the comet, along with the distance it might drift off of its orbit over time. This...
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Aerospace Engineering

For Teachers 12th
Twelfth graders examine the physics of rocket flight. They build and launch model rockets to measure their performances.
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Lab 2: Drag Racing

For Teachers 9th - 12th
In this instructional activity, students, Analyze the relationship between velocity and acceleration * Calculate an object's average acceleration * Collect data and interpret it* Create and analyze a graph showing acceleration.Students...
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Teach Engineering

Windy Tunnel

For Teachers 7th - 9th Standards
Lift—it is about the wing's attack. Using a virtual wind tunnel, pupils investigate wing shape and angle of attack. Learners use worksheets to record their observations and to convert verbal relationships into mathematical equations in...
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National Science Teachers Association

Paper Car Crash Design

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High school physical scientists collide with motion. They work in pairs to design a paper car that will protect a raw egg during a head-on collision. Measurements of distance traveled, time of run, vehicle specs, and photo gate flags are...
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Texas State Energy Conservation Office

Investigation: Kinetic and Potential Energy

For Teachers 5th - 8th Standards
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...
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Scholastic

Study Jams! Newton's Second Law: Acceleration

For Students 6th - 9th Standards
Become a pinball wizard by understanding acceleration. Mia and Sam define acceleration for the audience and touch on the property of inertia. Get your physical science class up to speed by showing this little video, reviewing the...
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Friends of Fort McHenry

Cannons During the War of 1812

For Teachers 6th - 8th
During the Battle of Baltimore in the War of 1812, only 25% of the bombs and rockets fired at Fort McHenry actually reached their target. Using an interactive online simulation, combine your historical study with physics and discover why...
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Physics Classroom

Action-Reaction Lab

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Computer-interfaced motion detectors are required to carry out this inquiry. It is a new twist on exploring motion with plunger carts: they are set back-to-back and then propelled away from each other. Their velocities are measured, and...
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Acceleration Science

For Teachers 9th - 12th
In collaborative groups, physics learners design and create a web portfolio of internet resoucres explaining poitive and negative acceleration, zero acceleration, and positive and negative velocity. This is a terrific assignment for...
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Unit VI: Worksheet 3 - Force, Velocity, Displacement

For Students 9th - 12th
Those who take this challenge will draw force diagrams and then calculate velocities and displacement. The problems are applicable to any general physics curriculum that covers motion. Add this to your collection of homework selections. 
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Unit VI: Worksheet 2 - Force, Velocity, Displacement

For Students 9th - 12th
Future physics majors look at a diagram of a marble rolling across a railing. They sketch motion maps and force diagrams. They determine the horizontal range of the marble as it falls to the floor. Then they double the height and repeat...
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Unit VIII: Worksheet 4 - Central Force

For Students 9th - 12th
Send physics learners into orbit by assigning this seven-problem worksheet. They will calculate the mass of a satellite, construct a force diagram, determine the radius of the orbit, and more. Physics worksheets can become wearisome, but...
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Unit IX: Worksheet 2 - Impulsive Force

For Students 9th - 12th
Here are nine motion problems for physics fanatics to solve. Topics are pretty typical: rifles firing bullets, freight train cars colliding, astronauts gliding through space, balls being thrown. Pupils compute recoil speed, combined...
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Unit II: Worksheet 2 - Velocity vs. Time Graphs

For Students 9th - 12th
On the first of two pages, physics aces graph velocity versus time on sets of axes. On the second page, they look at graphs of position versus time and then draw velocity versus time on graphs right next to them. This is good practice in...
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Unit IX: Worksheet 3 - Impulsive Force

For Students 9th - 12th
Eight motion-related problems are contained in this physics assignment. Upcoming physicists calculate combined velocity after collisions, impulse, and momentum. They also address critical thinking situations, making this a well-rounded...
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Unit IX: Worksheet 1 - Impulsive Force

For Students 9th - 12th
Bouncing balls and rockets taking off provide ammunition for your physics arsenal. Your class will solve mulit-step problems for velocity, momentum, and force. This is an ideal homework assignment for practice solving motion problems.
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Unit III: Worksheet 1 - Uniform Acceleration

For Students 9th - 12th
This concise handout posts a diagram of a block sliding down a ramp. High schoolers draw qualitative graphical representations for displacement vs. time, velocity vs. time, and acceleration vs. time. They draw a motion map and list the...
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Unit II Worksheet 4 - Constant Velocity/Motion Maps

For Students 9th - 12th
This is a smart approach to displacement concepts. Physics learners analyze a motion map and then draw qualitative graphs for time versus displacement and time versus velocity. Get your class thinking critically through the use of a very...
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Unit III: Worksheet 3 - Uniform Acceleration

For Students 9th - 12th
This three-page worksheet moves physics masters to show what they know about motion. They analyze graphs of time versus displacement, solve instantaneous and average velocities, solve word problems, and graph results. This is an...
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Unit VII: Worksheet 4 - Energy

For Students 9th - 12th
Energize your physics class with this energy exercise! Physics learners solve seven problems in which they calculate speed, velocity, or energy values for a variety of situations. This is a suitable homework assignment for high school...