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Hooke's Law - Direction Variation Application

For Students 8th - 11th Standards
Get a direct stretch from a spring. The presentation shows how Hooke's law uses direct variation. Scholars see how to calculate the spring constant for a spring given a stretch distance and a force. Individuals then use the spring...
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Planet Impact!

For Teachers 5th - 9th
An amazing information-packed lesson plan allows your space scientists to crash a virtual comet into Jupiter and learn how the angle, distance, speed, and mass influence the outcome. Click on "Back to the Lesson" to access the...
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Work and Energy

For Teachers 9th - 12th
If you have a ticker tape, this activity will energize your future physicists. They push automobiles and measure the required force, then compare it to the distance and velocity recorded on the tape. Mini lab carts are also used to...
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Better By Design

For Teachers 5th - 7th Standards
Which modification is the best? Using the scientific method, pairs determine the effects of each control surface on the distance of a glider's flight. The activity, section 16 in a 22-part unit on aviation, allows pupils to gain a better...
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Physics Tug of War

For Teachers 5th - 7th Standards
Slide books with a little assistance from Newton. Using books, groups create a demonstration of Newton's Second Law of motion. Pupils compare the distance traveled by one and two books when they apply a force to them.
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Watching Your Weight

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explore the concept of scatter plots.  In this scatter plots lesson plan, students collect data by simulating a seesaw.  Students collect data about distance and weight.  Students plot the data on their graphing calculator and...
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The Falling Ladder

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Investigate the motion of a ladder sliding down a building. Upper graders use their Ti-Nspire to graph the height vs. distance from the wall to the ladder in various scenarios. They then construct the graph that would result from the...
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Reading Graphs

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Working independently or in teams, your class practices connecting graphs, formulas and words. This activity includes a guided discussion about distance vs. time graphs and looking at how velocity changes over time.  
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Measuring Up

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Proportional reasoning, ratio, and indirect measurement come to life in a series of seven lessons. Learners will convert measurements into customary and metric units. They also use real-world examples to solve problems involving scale as...
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Sound Loudness

For Teachers 9th - 11th
Investigate sound through non-linear functions, graphing, function tables, and equations. The class is given a graph of sound vs. distance, they must determine an equation to fit the graph and knowing that the graph is not linear....
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Varying Speed

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students explore graph interpretation.  In this cross curriculum graph interpretation and narrative writing instructional activity, students describe and explain relationships between the variables of distance and the function of elapsed...
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Parabolas

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Learners define a parabola through hands on creation. For this algebra lesson, students analyze the directrix and focus of a parabola. They create a paper parabola and identify the vertex with points equal distance apart from the vertex.
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Magnetic Levitation

For Teachers 4th - 9th
A thorough investigation of magnetic levitation; this activity has four parts. First, physical scientists play with a wooden dowel and three disc magnets to review polarity and repelling action. Then they experiment with the strength of...
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Mapping Worksheet #1

For Students 6th - 8th
Get out the compass and a pencil its time to use a coordinate grid to practice mapping skills. Young cartographers use the prompts and provided grid to plot locations, draw parallel lines, and determine distances between points. 
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Unit V: Worksheet 2 - Constant Force

For Students 9th - 12th
Physics learners studying force and acceleration practice solving eight problems with this assignment. They calculate acceleration and deceleration, net force, and distances required for stopping a moving object. Kinematics equations and...
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Balloon-Powered Car

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Attractive and logical instructions are provided for constructing a balloon-powered car. Young physical scientists measure the distance their car travels and record it on a pre-printed data sheet. The make alterations to improve the...

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