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Integrate physics and biology in this lab, inspired by an article in The Physics Teacher magazine. Students model signal transmission along an axon by using vinyl tubing filled with salted gelatin.
Using TARC-approved model rockets, this lesson blends physics and engineering as students use thrust curves to predict maximum height.
Navigational Vectors - Oct 14, 2016
This unique and highly engaging project provides opportunities for students to apply understanding of vectors as they learn airplane navigation by tracking airplanes flying in U.S. skies.
Body Science: Calculating Body Fat Percentage - Sep 10, 2016
Integrate physics and biology in this high school lab that employs sausages as model "cadavers" for calculating fat content as a percentage of total mass.
Teach Engineering: Energy of Motion - Sep 10, 2016
Multi-day unit for middle school explores kinetic and potential energy through waterwheels, roller coasters, bouncing balls, and a pendulum.
Science NetLinks: Exploring Pendulums - Sep 10, 2016
Lesson for Grades 6-12 helps students understand how gravitational forces act on objects by exploring the motion of pendulums.
Fermilab: Data-based Investigations - Jul 16, 2016
Investigations to support core proficiencies via use of data available through national laboratories. Activities include Top Quark Mass, Investigating Special Relativity, Cosmic Ray e-Lab, Search for Higgs, and Sloan Sky Server Project.
Teach Engineering: Designing a Spectroscopy Mission - Jul 16, 2016
As part of ground- and space-based missions, engineers design spectrographs and other amazing equipment to study our universe. This lab for high school physics lets students develop ground or space-based missions to accommodate their own spectrograph designs.
Visionlearning: The Process of Science - Jul 16, 2016
Comprehensive instructional unit for Grades 8-12 will promote understanding of how real scientists design experiments, collect data, perform investigations, and communicate findings.
Direct Measurement Video: Wave Properties - Jun 2, 2016
This resource features high-resolution video for interactive exploration of mechanical wave properties, plus link to a complete lesson plan.
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