All Work and No Play

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Car crashes provide a good method for studying kinetic energy transfer. Scholars explore energy through hands-on simulated crashes. They work together to design their own experiments and apply the knowledge gained to a situation that could save a baby's life.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Review all equations related to potential energy, kinetic energy, and work prior to starting the lesson
  • Extend the lesson by changing the weight of the car going down the hill to see how it alters the calculations
Classroom Considerations

  • Relies on prior knowledge of designing an experiment and collecting qualitative data
Pros

  • Uses a 5E format
  • Requires only common materials
  • Offers teacher notes throughout to help lesson go smoothly
Cons

  • None