This straight-forward physics lab activity has students constructing an accurate model of an object’s flight path as it is pulled down by gravity. This is a relatively simple lab to construct and the students can get a hands-on understanding of the physics behind falling objects. This lab also allows the students to predict and model how far an object will fall 7 seconds into the future! A rubric and short answer questions follow the model construction.
This is a 19-problem worksheet on 4 pages (2 sheets, front and back sides). These multistep problems involve multiplication, division, addition, subtraction, exponents, and the use of square roots. Students should have a grasp of basic algebra and know the order of operations. They will solve for gravitational potential energy, mass, height, velocity, and kinetic energy.
Gravity (2013) is a stunning movie exploring the potential dangers of space and the physics behind them. This movie captivates the students through dazzling visuals, but the movie guide keeps them focused on analyzing the physics behind the scenes. Having said that, there are very accurate and inaccurate depictions of Newton’s Laws of Motion. But the inaccuracies add to the dramatic tension and advance the storyline of the movie. The movie guide is designed to have the students analyze the physics of the movie scenes, choose which of Newton’s Laws applies, and then describe why it applies or why it is inaccurate. The movie guide does not analyze the plot or emotional arcs during the movie, it just sticks to the physics behind each scene. The movie guide is best used for classes like physics, physical science, or astronomy.