This lab illustrates the type of energy conversions that are experienced on a roller coaster, and as a method of enhancing the students’ understanding of that concept, they will create their own roller coasters to test out their ideas.
In this lab, students will learn about projectile motion and the force of gravity by shooting a projectile across the room with a rubber band and calculating how far it flies. Through various measurements, they will learn about and calculate such properties as elasticity, velocity, and potential/kinetic energy.
In this lab, students will study pendulums – systems that swing back and forth under the pull of gravity. They will explore the factors that affect how fast a pendulum swings and will also observe resonance (increasing vibrations), which occurs when a pendulum is pushed by a force that happens to exactly match its natural
In this lab, students will look at three behaviors of light when it interacts with obstacles: reflection, refraction, and diffraction. They will measure the speed of light in Jello using Snell’s law, model a fiberoptic cable with jello, and measure the width of a hair and/or the spacing between grooves on a CD using diffraction
This lab explores the motion of falling objects. Students will use a microphone and computer to accurately measure short time intervals. This will allow them to see how the distance traveled by a falling object varies with time, to determine the magnitude of gravitational acceleration, and to show how heavy and light objects fall at
In this lab, students will engage in a variety of activities that demonstrate the properties of different fluids.