Law Enforcement - Explosions

How do law enforcement officers determine the strength of an explosion based on the movement of objects around the point of origin? Scholars inspect the relative mass and velocities of two cars before and after an explosion. They perform simple calculations of momentum using the given mass and velocity.  The lesson fits as one part in a larger series on Momentum and Collisions.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Assign all three levels since none of the questions repeat
Classroom Considerations
  • Adapts to any screen size from a smartphone to a smart board
  • Relies on prior knowledge of the conservation of momentum and how to calculate momentum
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  • Provides additional practice for each missed question
  • Includes immediate feedback and a display of the current progress
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