Basketball is a fast-moving game of improvisation, contact and, ahem, spatio-temporal pattern recognition. Rajiv Maheswaran and his colleagues are analyzing the movements behind the key plays of the game, to help coaches and players combine intuition with new data. Bonus: What they’re learning could help us understand how humans move everywhere. Continue reading
Dr. Massa and the great Orbax solve a projectile motion problem.
Joanne is a member of the STAO secondary committee. Please share your cool teaching ideas. Email them to firstname.lastname@example.org
I’ve been making major updates and changes to my materials in the intro physics course this year. It is the first year we are teaching a yearlong physics class to everyone (10th graders) in my school as the result of a big curriculum redesign in science, and the first time back to teaching a course like this in a few years for me. I will try to update this blog with each of the new activities and changes as I have time. First up: the kinematics stacks of curves.
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Source: Stacks of Kinematics Curves as a Card Sort
Fascinate your students with this large scale re-enactment of Isaac Newton’s classic thought experiment.
This is a very practical informal resource video for elementary science teachers based on the Ontario science curriculum unit about flight – Grade 6
Take your students on an amusement park ride—for just a penny! Discuss how an object can be accelerating yet moving at
constant speed. Investigate how a change in direction (at constant speed) is acceleration; that is, centripetal acceleration! Continue reading
By MICHELLE TERRA-ALLEN.
The focus of this assignment is to have students direct their own learning to discover the purposeful use of pneumatics and hydraulics and how to incorporate technology to create a useful and stable design. Continue reading
Air pockets surrounding metal balls cut drag up to 90%. Learn more: Read the paper (free): http://scim.ag/2xbi1DZ Continue reading