In this unit, students will learn about ticker tape diagrams and vector diagrams. Lessons in this unit include: Introduction; Ticker Tape Diagrams; and Vector Diagrams. This unit includes animations and mini quizzes to check for understanding and facilitate learning.
In this unit, students will learn about the equations that describe the motion of an object. Lessons in this unit include: The Kinematic Equation; Kinematic Equations and Problem-Solving; Kinematic Equations and Free Fall; Sample Problems and Solutions; and Kinematic Equations and Graphs. This unit includes animations and mini quizzes to check for understanding and facilitate learning.
In this unit of study, students will learn how to use position versus time graphs to describe motion. Lessons in this unit include: Meaning of Shape for a p-t graph; Meaning of Slope for a p-t Graph; and Determining slope on a p-t Graph. This unit includes videos, animations, and mini quizzes to check for understanding and facilitate learning.
In this unit of study, students will learn how to describe motion with velocity versus time graphs. Lessons in this unit include: Meaning of Shape for a v-t Graph; Meaning of Slope for a v-t Graph; Relating the Shape to the Motion; Determining Slope on a v-t Graph; and Determining Area on a v-t Graph. This unit includes videos, animations, and mini quizzes to check for understanding and facilitate learning.
In this unit students will learn how to analyze the motion of objects. Students will begin to make a mathematical connection with words that describe motion. This unit will focus on several examples of vector and scalar quantities (distance, displacement, speed, velocity, and acceleration). As students proceed through the lessons, they should give careful attention to the vector and scalar nature of each quantity. This tutorial also includes animations of each of the major concepts. At the end of each lesson students can check for understanding of concepts by answering concept questions.
In Part 1 of this unit, students will learn about data collection, graphing skills (both by hand and computer aided [Desmos]), and the fundamental mathematical patterns of the course: horizontal line, proportional, linear, quadratic, and inverse. Students perform several experiments, each targeting a different pattern and build the mathematical models of physical phenomena. During each experiment, students start with an uninformed wild guess, then through inquiry and making sense through group consensus, can make an accurate data informed prediction.
Students are confronted with a scenario of a student who is texting and driving in the school parking lot and they are tasked to determine the effect of various parameters to see if a student will collide with a pedestrian. Students must begin by breaking the scenario down into more manageable parts to determine what must be studied about the situation. Through a series of labs and activities, students learn how to model and predict situations with constant velocity and acceleration. Then, coding a spreadsheet, students model the complex situation of a texting driver, reacting, and braking during a potentially hazardous situation to create an evidence-based argument.
In order to contextualize the Energy unit, students are tasked to engineer a bungee cord that will optimize the enjoyment of a doll’s bungee jump. To do this, students first develop the mathematical patterns through inquiry on gravitational energy, kinetic energy, and elastic energy. Once the patterns have been established, students further build on their spreadsheet coding skills, in order to use computational thinking to create a program that will help predict the length of bungee cord necessary for a variety of situations.
This unit is centered on designing a shoe for a customer. Students decide on a particular type of shoe that they want to design and utilize ideas of force, impulse, and friction to meet the needs of a particular customer. Force plates are used study the relationship between force, time, and impulse to allow students to get the mathematical models that allow them to make data informed decisions about their shoe design.
The phenomenon that launches this unit is a cell phone call to a student in the class, where the caller on speaker phone asks “How are you hearing me?”. Over the course of the unit, students discover the patterns with waves. Then use that understanding to explain ultrasound medical imagining technology and ultimately how cell phones work. Cell phone communication is operationalized by the engineering challenge of communicating a three letter signal by first coding a spreadsheet to digitize the signal in binary (ASCII), then transmit the digital signal using light and sound (AM and FM), then receive and decode the signal to complete the communication. This project models the sending and receiving of a text message.
This unit is loaded with phenomena. The real world task of being a member of Oregon's Energy Commission that must create a 50-Year Energy Plan propels students through a learning arc that includes electricity, magnetism, power production, and climate science. After the Request for a 50-Year Energy Plan students jigsaw energy sources and power production. They need to understand the basic physics of how generators works leads us to build and explore motors (starting with speakers which also connect to the Waves & Technology unit) and inefficient generators (electric guitars). The need for large amounts of energy and efficient generators motivates us to engineer wind turbines and optimize solar cells for a local facilities use. Creating the rubric to evaluate large scale power production launches us into climate science. With all the learning of the unit students and many real world constraints student finally complete, compare, and evaluate their 50-Year Energy Plan.
By using the hook of Halley’s comet, dark matter, and dark energy students data mine Newton’s Law of Universal Gravity and build an and evaluate other arguments for the Big Bang.
Lesson plan that uses students' step length to understand the relationship between distance, speed and acceleration. Includes graphing of data and interpretation of graphs.
This animated demonstration deals with the forces and acceleration that act upon a penny when placed on a moving turntable. The animation requires Flash.
In this lab activity, students will create a wheel and axle using cardboard for the wheel and a wood dowel for the axle. Students will observe and analyze an accelerated motion mathematically.
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In this animation students will learn about refraction and how sound waves influenced the outcome of several Civil War battles.
This hands-on activity allows students to re-acquaint themselves with magnets, magnetic fields and the concept of polarity.
In this hands-on activity students create a simple electromagnet with wire, a pencil, and a battery. Students will investigate factors that increase the strength of the magnet.