3rd Law with Vernier

After learning about the 1st law of motion, students partake in a teacher-led series of questions about 2 carts, and which cart will experience a greater force.

The teacher uses vernier carts and tracks with equal or different masses and velocities, attached to force sensors, to produce graphs that demonstrate that the amount of force is the same on both objects.

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Building a Generator

Physical Science,

Students work individually or in pairs to follow a set of instructions and construct a mini generator which powers a Christmas light. Best done as a take-home assignment.

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Conservation of Momentum with Vernier

Physical Science,
HS.PS2A.b,

Teacher leads a demonstration with vernier carts of different/equal mass, equipped with bumpers and magnets to demonstrate a variety of scenarios in which as both carts...

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3rd Law with Vernier

Physical Science,
HS.PS2A.a,

After learning about the 1st law of motion, students partake in a teacher-led series of questions about 2 carts, and which cart will experience a greater force. The teacher...

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Gravitational Acceleration

Physical Science,
HS.PS2A.a,

In 2-3 person groups, students take the mass of assorted objects, then hang them from a spring scale to find their gravitational force. Using the F=ma equation, they rewrite...

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Egg Drop Lab

Physical Science,
HS.ETS1A.a, HS.PS2A.c,

Students work in teams to design a container for an egg using provided materials. Students drop their containers, then analyze factors which can minimize force on the...

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How Does Volvo Keep Drivers Safe?

Physical Science,
HS.ETS1C.a, HS.PS2A.c,

Students watch a series of short videos explaining how cars are designed with crumple zones, airbags, and automatic braking to prevent passenger damage in a collision....

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