Physicist Teacher Resources

Find Physicist lesson plans and worksheets
Showing 1 - 24 of 395 resources
7:53
Lesson Planet

String Theory and the Hidden Structures of the Universe

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
When we take things apart, we can learn how they work. Physicist Clifford Johnson explains how we break down all objects into elementary particles of matter and forces. Patterns have been identified with the particles, the existence dark...
Lesson Planet

Help Wanted! Physicist

For Teachers 11th - 12th Standards
Groups discover physics as they take an assigned scenario, perform research about different aspects of the subject matter, and present their findings to the class. From the presentations, learners must develop and support a point of view...
Lesson Planet

Do Some Research: American Physicist

For Students 4th - 6th
In this researching an American physicist worksheet, students discover the name, write a short report, and draw a picture of the developer of the nuclear reactor. Students complete three activities.
4:52
Lesson Planet

Particles and Waves: The Central Mystery of Quantum Mechanics

For Students 10th - Higher Ed Standards
Help young physicists make a quantum leap in their understanding of matter with this short instructional video. Tracing the early work of Max Planck, Albert Einstein, and others, this resource explains the science behind the amazing fact...
Lesson Planet

Forms of Exponential Expressions

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Your young physicists analyze the forms of four equivalent exponential expressions representing an amount of a radioactive material in a substance. They show how each expression is equivalent to the others and what aspects of the decay...
4:38
Lesson Planet

Schrödinger's Cat: A Thought Experiment in Quantum Mechanics

For Students 11th - Higher Ed Standards
Can something be both alive and dead at the same time? According to quantum physicist Erwin Schrödinger, the answer is yes. Watch this short video to learn how the wave and particle nature of all matter allows objects to be in two states...
Lesson Planet

Fermi Estimates I

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Enrico Fermi, the physicist responsible for the first nuclear detonation, was known for his ability to estimate with little or no data. Use this task to have your classes practice their Fermi skills. They estimate the magnitude of three...
Lesson Planet

Help wanted: Physicist!

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Young scholars investigate current physics research. They role play as experts who present their findings to a Senate subcommittee.
11:22
Lesson Planet

pH and pOH

For Students 9th - 12th
A physicists and a biologist had a relationship, but there was no chemistry. Why is the p in pH lowercase and the H in pOH uppercase?  What does the p stand for anyway? These concepts are clearly and concise covered, as are water...
Lesson Planet

Exploring Projectile Motion

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Live action Angry Birds is sure to be a popular STEM lesson plan. Young physicists differentiate between potential and kinetic energy, calculate speed based on distance and time, create graphs, and design and complete their own...
Lesson Planet

Measuring Speed

For Teachers 8th Standards
Physicists say speed is relative, but most police officers disagree. Scholars experiment with the variables that relate to speed. They learn the importance of both time and distance and apply that knowledge to graphical models.  
14:24
Lesson Planet

The Big Bang: Crash Course Big History #1

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Theoretical physicists say that space and time are one thing created by the Big Bang. According to them, nothing happened in the time before the Big Bang because time did not exist. The first Crash Course-Big History video in a 16-part...
11:18
Lesson Planet

New Results! Cosmic Quantum Bell Test

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
The topic of eliminating bias occurs in all branches of science. As part of a larger series on physics, an interesting video introduces viewers to one way quantum physicists approached this issue. She explains the problem with quantum...
3:00
Lesson Planet

Surprising Applications of the Magnus Effect

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
In 1852, a German physicist, Magnus, talked about an effect first described by Isaac Newton in 1672. Part of a series, an interesting video explains the Magnus effect and previous attempts to apply it to transportation. It also shows a...
Lesson Planet

Law of Conservation of Momentum

For Teachers 9th - 12th
A suggested sequence of events lays out five hands-on activities and four creative assessments on the conservation of momentum. Using spring scales and mail scales, junior physicists examine Newton's Third Law. After you have taught the...
Lesson Planet

Inertial Mass, Weight, and Newton's Second Law of Motion

For Teachers 9th - 12th
The stage is set for you to guide future physicists through three forceful activities about motion. In the first, learners experiment with rolling carts to discover how objects interact. In the second, they inspect images of an object in...
Lesson Planet

Impulse, Momentum, and the Conservation of Momentum

For Teachers 9th - 12th
What happens when two worlds collide? In the first of several activities, future physicists experiment with colliding ball bearings or Newton's cradle. Another activity requires the use of an air track with cars to examine collision....
Lesson Planet

Measures of Circular Motion

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed
Physicists become Olympians in a competition using centripetal force. They ride a bicycle to comprehend relationships between linear and rotational motion. If you have an old-fashioned record player, it can be used to help pupils...
Lesson Planet

Coulomb's Law and Induced Polarization

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Engage your aspiring physicists in a series of lab activities directied at demonstrating the behavior of electric force. In completing these exercises, learners will explore Coulomb's and Gauss's Laws. Well-written directions to four...
Lesson Planet

Magnetic Induction

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Physicists of the future observe the behavior of current in relation to a magnet through several inquiry activities. They construct a generator and experiment with solenoid coils. They learn and apply electromagnetic laws, most often...
Lesson Planet

Newton's Second Law and More

For Students 9th - 12th
Follow the adventures of Fluffy, The Wonder Hamster. Junior physicists calculate his weight on different planets, the force of his rocket engine, and the acceleration and velocity of his toboggan. Fluffy will challenge and entertain your...
Lesson Planet

The Force of Friction

For Students 9th - 12th
Physicists experiment with the coefficient of static friction on both a level surface and an incline. After answering five pre-lab critical thinking questions, learners go to the lab. They determine the mass required to get a solid...
Lesson Planet

Circular Motion

For Students 9th - 12th
You can make sure your physicists' heads are not spinning when studying circular motion by assigning this worksheet as homework. In it, they describe tangential and rotational speed, define centripetal force, explain why centrifugal...
Lesson Planet

Thermal Physics / The Saga Continues - Heat Transfer

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Somebody in the Nevada Joint Union High School District has a talent for focusing the important, organizational skills, and a creative eye for creating sharp science presentations! Here is one on heat transfer.  Conduction, convection,...