Circular Motion Project Ideas

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

Circular motion in physics examines the forces that keep an object moving in a circle. The following projects offer ideas for culminating tasks for classroom use upon completion of a unit on circular motion.

Circular Motion

As students learn about circular motion, they will be able to explain and calculate the forces on an object in circular motion. The projects in this asset offer hands-on opportunities for students from elementary through high school to explore and explain circular motion.

Centripetal Force Video

Students will create a 5-minute video that demonstrates and describes circular motion.

  • Grade level: 5-8
  • Time: 2-3 days

Key Terms:

  • centrifugal force
  • centripetal force
  • inertia

Guiding Questions

  • What are the forces that act on a body in circular motion?

Materials:

  • tennis ball
  • plastic bag
  • video camera
  • computer/internet/editing software

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