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Ch 20: Motion - Physics Lab Lesson Plans

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The Motion - Physics Lab chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach the concept of motion and explore physics lab experiments in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our curriculum as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the Motion - Physics Lab chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

Day Topics Key Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday Forces imposed on objects, Newton's first law, measuring the speed of an object Examine effects of balanced and unbalanced forces in many directions on an object, analyze the relationship between mass and inertia and effects of different types of forces on inertial motion, compare instantaneous and average speeds by calculating the speed of an object from measurements of distance and time
Tuesday Graphing the motion of an object and accelerating objects, examining acceleration and gravity Analyze how different types of graphs describe the motion of objects, create and interpret graphs of several accelerating objects, examine ball acceleration when thrown in the air
Wednesday Gravity and projectile motion, Newton's second law, friction's effect on accelerating objects Analyze projectile motion with different launch angles, examine how force, mass and acceleration are related, investigate effects of friction on an object that is accelerating
Thursday Newton's third law, conservation of momentum, energy conversions using inclined planes Observe collisions between moving balls of different masses to study action and reaction, examine total momentum through object collisions, measure energy conversion between kinetic and potential using inclined planes
Friday Centripetal motion, rotational inertia, universal gravitation, stable orbital motion of a satellite Study aspects of centripetal motion using a rotating rod, compare the angular acceleration and rotational velocity of hollow and solid balls rolling down a ramp, analyze the inverse square of gravity, investigate conditions for maintaining the stable orbital motion of a launched satellite

15 Lessons in Chapter 20: Motion - Physics Lab Lesson Plans
Forces Imposed on Objects: Physics Lab

1. Forces Imposed on Objects: Physics Lab

After watching this video, you will be able to explain what a force is and complete an investigation of what forces are required to move various objects. A short quiz will follow.

Newton's First Law: Physics Lab

2. Newton's First Law: Physics Lab

After watching this lesson, you will be able to explain what Newton's First Law is and describe some physics labs/demonstrations that provide evidence for the law in real life. A short quiz will follow.

Measuring the Speed of an Object: Physics Lab

3. Measuring the Speed of an Object: Physics Lab

After watching this video, you will be able to explain what the speed of an object is and how to calculate it in real life situations. A short quiz will follow.

Graphing the Motion of Objects: Physics Lab

4. Graphing the Motion of Objects: Physics Lab

After watching this lesson, you will be able to measure the motion of an object and plot position-time and velocity-time graphs based on your data. A short quiz will follow.

Graphing Accelerating Objects: Physics Lab

5. Graphing Accelerating Objects: Physics Lab

After completing this lab, you will be able to explain what acceleration is and collect data to determine the acceleration of an object using graphical methods. A short quiz will follow.

Acceleration & Gravity: Physics Lab

6. Acceleration & Gravity: Physics Lab

After watching this video, you will be able to explain how objects fall under gravity. You will also learn how to prove, by experiment, that the acceleration due to gravity is approximately 9.8 m/s/s. A short quiz will follow.

Gravity & Projectile Motion: Physics Lab

7. Gravity & Projectile Motion: Physics Lab

After watching this video, you will be able to define projectile motion and use the equations of projectile motion to make predictions about motion in a real-life scenario. A short quiz will follow.

Newton's Second Law: Physics Lab

8. Newton's Second Law: Physics Lab

After watching this lesson, you will be able to explain Newton's 2nd Law and use real-life evidence to show that the basic ideas behind the equation are correct. A short quiz will follow.

The Effect of Friction on Accelerating Objects: Physics Lab

9. The Effect of Friction on Accelerating Objects: Physics Lab

After watching this video, you will be able to explain why friction exists when two surfaces move alongside each other. We'll also conduct investigations to compare the amount of friction created by different materials. A short quiz will follow.

Newton's Third Law: Physics Lab

10. Newton's Third Law: Physics Lab

After watching this lesson and completing the lab, you will be able to explain what Newton's 3rd Law is, and use an equation to show why two forces can be equal and opposite, and still lead to two objects moving in different ways. A short quiz will follow.

Conservation of Momentum: Physics Lab

11. Conservation of Momentum: Physics Lab

After completing this lab, you will be able to explain what conservation of momentum is and conduct an experiment to demonstrate conservation of momentum. You can also take the short quiz to test your knowledge.

Energy Conversions Using Inclined Planes: Physics Lab

12. Energy Conversions Using Inclined Planes: Physics Lab

After completing this lab, you will be able to explain what conservation of energy is and use it to calculate how much energy is lost to friction when an object goes down a ramp. A short quiz will follow.

Centripetal Motion: Physics Lab

13. Centripetal Motion: Physics Lab

After watching this video, you will be able to explain what centripetal motion is, provide an example of centripetal forces, and use the equation for centripetal force in a real-life scenario to calculate the tension in a string. A short quiz will follow.

Rotational Inertia: Physics Lab

14. Rotational Inertia: Physics Lab

After completing this lab, you will be able to explain what rotational inertia is and take data to calculate the rotational inertia of a flywheel. A short quiz will follow.

Universal Gravitation: Physics Lab

15. Universal Gravitation: Physics Lab

Universal gravitation is the link that keeps the universe from falling in on itself. In this lesson, we see how it works and discuss how to use the formula of universal gravitation to find out differing weights.

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