Concentrating on Collisions

How important is momentum? Pupils investigate and apply the definition of momentum as they conduct analyses during a series of one-dimensional collisions. They infer the relative masses of two objects by carefully staging and predicting what will occur as each collision takes place and conclude with a discussion on the general topic of collisions.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Use golf balls or balls with another type of rough or dimpled surface as an expanded activity
Classroom Considerations

  • Ensure the class takes proper care when moving balls to avoid harming themselves or others
  • Perform this activity in an area that is not obstructed, preferably outside and away from breakable objects
Pros

  • Gives learners a hands-on activity to demonstrate their knowledge of the information learned
  • Allows for modification and differentiated learning
Cons

  • Does not contain a reading passage like most lessons in this series
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