Raindrops are more like pancakes than teardrops. Scholars learn the physics behind the shape of a falling raindrop in a video lesson presentation. An episode explains the forces acting on the droplet and how those forces change as it continues to fall.
- Have pupils draw a free body diagram of a falling raindrop prior to showing the video
- Incorporate during a lesson on terminal velocity
- Knowledge of opposing forces is helpful
- Uses slow motion video to highlight the motion and structure of raindrops
- Emphasizes different scientific principles to help explain concepts