Spring Mechanics

This Spring Mechanics lesson plan also includes:

Scholars practice calculating spring constants before performing hands-on experiments. They compare data for parallel and series springs. Finally, they learn how spring mechanics find applications in biotechnology, such as prosthetic limbs.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Discuss other applications of spring mechanics not mentioned
Classroom Considerations

  • Assumes four teachers leading the lesson
  • Ensure all spring scales are calibrated before starting the lesson
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Pros

  • Describes the classroom setup in detail
  • Breaks down the lesson into timed pieces to help stay on track
Cons

  • Does not include the required video clips
  • States to hand pupils mystery objects, but never explains what they are (the answer is in the video not included)
Common Core