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
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The link below takes you to two very useful demonstrations to illustrate Inertial which follow the Predict, Explain, Observe, Explain (PEOE) format.
It is suggested that both demos are performed before introducing Newton’s First Law of motion.
Inertia PEOE by Michael Balzer
Thanks again for the great resource Michael!!!
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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
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