Instructional Video

What Do Raindrops Really Look Like?

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.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Have pupils draw a free body diagram of a falling raindrop prior to showing the video
  • Incorporate during a lesson on terminal velocity
Classroom Considerations
  • Knowledge of opposing forces is helpful
Pros
  • Uses slow motion video to highlight the motion and structure of raindrops
  • Emphasizes different scientific principles to help explain concepts
Cons
  • None