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Evaluation Skill w.s.
on Kinematics and other mechanics topics. Review the presented situation, and determine alternate solutions, the possiblity of the presented solutions bein correct / in-correct.
ppt slides of
of kinematics problems. students analyze a graph to produce #'s, analyze #'s to produce an equation, analyze an equation to produce a graph... Good stuff. They have these materials in multiple topic areas.
Traditional labs & Design labs
The Rutgers folks provide a situation, ask for a prediction, then let you view the experiement. Student then resolve the issue (if the results conflict with obserations).
in Kinematics by the College Board.
Includes labs, notes, demonstrations, simulations and more.
This is a quick, simple lab that helps students understand that a positive acceleration does not necessarily mean an object is speeding up. I use an extension of this lab to analyze the direction of forces and how they relate to the acceleration of an object.
Evel Kneivel Jumps
Snake River Canyon.
Author: Paul Lulai
Lab Type: Problem Solving
Students create a simplified mock-up of Evel Kneivel’s jump over Snake River Canyon. Students make a small ramp to give replicable initial horizontal velocity to a marble or matchbox car. Knowing the original velocity in the x direction, the vertical falling distance etc… students determine where to put a net to catch Evel Kneivel.
"Speed" jump lab:
speed bus jump.doc
Author: Brittany Reed
Lab Type: Movie Physics
Students watch a video clip of the bus jump from the movie "Speed" and calculate the vertical displacement that should have taken place during the jump. They then repeat the calculations assuming a 5 degree incline.
Human Cannonball Lab
Author: Paul Lulai (modified Holt lab)
Lab Type: Problem Solving
Students must demonstrate calculations to help determine where to put a hoop & net for a human cannonball experiment.
Tape Timer Lab
Lab 2 Spark Timer 07.doc
Lab by Bill Taylor after suggestions by Gardner Friedlander and others
Tape Timer Apparatus
- designed by Don Rathjen of the SF Exploratorium, this is made from everyday materials.
Paper Tape Timer Explo.doc
with d vs t graphs
(from Yvonne Eibeck)
D} d vs t Simon Says.doc
Walking a D vs t graph
: Using poker chips, your data is like a ticker tape, but big scale (
from Yvonne Eibeck
L} Walking a D vs.doc
Go! Go! Go!
Introduction to d-t graphs using constant velocity cars and metronome. I use CV cars from Arbor Scientific and online metronome at
set at 120.
(adapted from Hewitt by Chris Becke)
Go Go Go Metronome.doc
Coffee Filter Lab
- Brendan Crowley
I do this lab during the first week of school for my AP-C students. It is adapted from the coffee filter lab presented in the AP Lab Guide from the College Board. I typically have the students use Excel to analyze their data, but I have them do it by hand in this lab since it is the first lab.
For notes on the theory of Coffee Filters and other drag forces (using calculus) click here:
AP Phys B Notes
1-D Motion Notes
. Thanks Wayne.
Wayne's (now somewhat old) notes can be accessed at
2-D Motion Notes
2-D Motion Notes
2-D Motion Notes
B 1D Kinematics Notes PGP.docx
1D Kinematics PowerPoint
B 2-D Kinematics Notes PGP.docx
2-D Kinematics PowerPoint
AP Phys C Notes
1D Kinematics PowerPoint.ppt
2D Kinematics PowerPoint.ppt
GG's Position Time Graph Matching
GG's Position Time Graph Match.doc
A slight (very slight) variation on the Vernier motion match lab. Modified a bit to add a little more analysis to position time graphs and the linear equation that models constant v motion. Modified by Paul Lulai.
Projectile Motion Lab -
Projectile Motion Lab.pdf
At this point I cannot remember whether I made this lab or not, but I do know I have modified it beyond recognition if its from another source. I think the students appreciate going out to the football field and chucking tennis balls for a few minutes during the day. If they can do this on their own then they really know how to solve projectiles.
Submitted: Mark W. Hossler
Water Balloon Lab
- Students calculate the trajectory and impact point of a water balloon to hit a volunteer (that would be you, the teacher).
Water balloon launchers are available here:
http://www.northerntool.com /webapp/wcs/stores/servlet /ProductDisplay?storeId=6970&productId=1067&R =1067&cm_ven=TL&cm_pla=DF&cm _ite=sport
Offered by John Pinkerton, posted by Bill Taylor.
Projectile Motion Equations -
- Document shows the derivation for a variety of equations dealing with various projectile motion problems, including ground to air, air to ground, ground to ground passing through a specific point i.e. pirate ship firing over an island mountain top.
Adjustable Projectile Motion Problems -
Adjustable Projectile Motion Problems.xls)
This is not a lab. It is a spreadsheet that allows you to create projectile motion problems on the fly with answers. The standard questions such as flight time, range, velocity components at landing etc are included. I have also found it useful in a lab situation where students must predict the landing point of a projectile where the initial velocity and launch angle are known. It serves a a cheat sheet for the instructor. It's also a great way to generate sets of projectile motion problems with answers for extra student practice, for example in a jigsaw type activity.
~ Dan Hosey
Adjustable XVT Graphs
Another spreadsheet I created.
Quickly creates XT, VT, AT Excel Graphs suitable for pasting into other programs. Allows you to enter the times at which you would like changes to the motion. You can change the Acceleration, Velocity, and Position at any time by modifying a table of 'Events'. Each of the 3 graphs will change accordingly. I got the idea of making this from another XVT spreadsheet I saw online. Unfortunately I do not remember whom to give credit.
~ Dan Hosey
Projectile Motion Worksheet
This is not a lab. Practically speaking, there are about 10 different kinds of projectile motion problems. This worksheet discusses the different possible combinations of known and unknown variables, and provides an example of each ranging from "easy" to "insanely hard". ~ Joe Morin
Walking the Walk Challenge Lab -
A competition motion graph matching lab using Vernier Logger Pro. I have set up 4 Logger Pro .cbml files, similar to those from vernier where students must walk in front of a motion sensor to match the graph. I have added a difference and a difference squared column, where the difference between the "match" line, and the actual "student" line is calculated. Students receive a score by integrating the difference squared. The smallest score wins. Quantifying the quality of the walking greatly increases the competition. I have students save their best attempts. The best of the best are printed out and pasted on the classroom wall from 1st to 10th for each of the 4 walks. Students have been known to come after school to better their attempts. I plan keep an all-time best list as well. ~ Dan Hosey
Walking the Walk Competition Lab
Update 10/5/2015 I made Scored Versions of the Built In Logger Pro walks 01b to 01g.
Graphs now include scores for position, velocity, and speed matching.
I also started 'Live' online leaderboards.
Video Explanation Here
These walking files, and my original 4 walking files and record boards can be found at
Motion Graphs with Slider -
Motion Graphs with Sliders.xls
Yet another spreadsheet. X, V, and A are varied with sliders. The XT and VT graphs change accordingly with the equation shown on the graph. It's real simple, but I find it a great way to show the relationship between quantities and graphs.
Galileo's Incline Plane
03 - Galileo (2 page).doc
- Even though I include it in my lab manual, I never have actually done this lab. Part of me wants to wait until they can derive a = g sin (theta), so I postpone it and inevitably forget about it. Works will with a PASCO track and a small marble. Introduces graphing techniques and meaning of slope. Submitted by: Mark W. Hossler,
Motion Graph Scavenger Hunt
- I use this activity with my honors/cp level classes (might be too easy for AP kids) after I introduce motion graphs. It's a simple matching assignment (description to graph), but making it into a scavenger hunt around the room makes it more fun. Included in the .zip file is the worksheet itself plus the 13 graphs described in the problems. I tape the graphs around my room and give the kids ~15 minutes to walk around and match the graphs to the descriptions on their sheet. Submitted by
Kinematics Interactive Engagement Power Points for use with Clickers or Index cards
Position and velocity Graphs:
Lab Instructions for a Lab using R:Racing Evolution Game Cube Game Drag Race Course
Lab Writeup for Physics academics Software Graphs and Tracks Program
Graphs and Tracks.doc
Maximizing the range of a projectile with a non-zero initial height --
Done with and without calculus, the latter as given in an article in
American Journal of Physics
(Feb. 1982, p. 181, P. Palffy-Muhoray and D. Balzarini)
Projectile Motion Lab
(Requires projectile launcher.) -
Marble and Ramp Inquiry Lab
- Gives general instructions to students to investigate various physics of a marble rolling down a ramp. Suitable for second-year students (or maybe first-year after kinematics, forces, and energy has been covered).
Submitted by Bill Taylor
Marble Ramp Inquiry Lab.doc
Drag forces with Calculus for Physics C (and beyond)
Air Resistance and other Drag Forces
Author: David Derbes
Type: Explanation and Derivation using Calculus
Covers velocity as a function of time for objects experiencing a drag force, both for the drag force proportional to the velocity and for the drag force proportional to the velocity squared. Appropriate for most Physics C students, including those interested in more advanced calculus techniques.
Motion Equation with Drag Force
Author: Jeff Lawlis
Type: Derivation using Calculus
Covers the derivation of velocity as a function of time for objects experiencing a drag force at relatively high velocities, where drag force is proportional to velocity squared. This might be appropriate for advanced AP Physics students who are interested in Calculus techniques.
Velocity Dependent Force Problems
Author: Joe Morin
Type: Calculus that an APC student should be capable of doing on an APC exam
Guided worksheet to help students learn to solve velocity dependent force problems
Velocity Dependent Force Problems.pdf
Variable Acceleration Lab
submitted by Marc Reif, inspired by a Project PHYSLab contribution from Lowell Herr, formerly of the Catlin Gabel School (I think it's Lowell's illustration, too).
Intended for AP Physics C, after constant acceleration has been completed. Sample data using a length of chain lying on a rotary motion sensor is below.
Motion Sensor Lab
- This is a standard treatment of motion graphs using motion sensors. the instructions are written for using Data Studio. The other .doc file is a set of homework questions that go with the lab. I have included the Data Studio files that are mentioned in the lab -
Constant Acceleration Lab with Airtack and Spark
- Dan Burns
This is a basic intro to kinematics lab. It helps to have 1 airtrack for each 3-4 groups to collect their data in a timely fashion. I have a screencast that discusses the lab posted here: Part 1:
Free fall Introduction Powerpoint
- Dan Burns Standard introduction to free fall. Determine the velocity and position of an object dropped from a 45 m cliff. To make it fun the object is Wile E. Coyote. I used these slides to create a screencast posted here:
Free Fall Intro Screencast
You can freely use my screencast or Powerpoint slides. Even better, use the slides to make and post your OWN screencast. Your students want to hear you explaining things to them. You can make edits to the slides and take all the credit, I won't mind.
Warm Up AP B
- Here are warm up problems I used this year for kinematics review with my AP kids. They are in a google presentation located
- Andrew Lawrence (email@example.com)
AP Physics 1 Kinematics Problem Set
- Problem set built by Bob Enck, Dan Fullerton and Paul Sedita in an effort to start an AP-1 style problem bank. Feel free to print/use in your classrooms. Please don't re-post the files themselves, but rather only the links to the files, to allow us to quickly and easy update and continue to build upon these problems. Thank you! -- Dan Fullerton (firstname.lastname@example.org). PS - anyone interested in adding on to these problems, we'd love the help!
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