Hang Time Lab
This lab explores how the pull of gravity, acceleration of falling objects, and leaping ability of your students affects a person’s hang-time. Many students believe they have a much greater hang-time than they actually possess. This lab will bring them down to earth, using science and a few equations to give them a reality check of their athletic abilities.
Students will use the equation (d = ½ gt2) for calculating the rate of a falling object (themselves) to determine their hang-time without the use of a stopwatch. After figuring out their hang-time, students will then calculate their hang-times on different planetary bodies in our solar system using their own data.
This lab is great for high school or middle school students, especially for physics, general science, or physical science classes. Depending on the number of students participating, it should last about 50-55 minutes or longer.
Materials needed will include meter sticks, masking tape, and calculators.
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