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PhET Teacher Activities: Phase Change and Phase Diagrams - Jan 5, 2017

Complete lesson plan by a HS physics teacher to accompany the PhET simulation States of Matter. It explores how force interactions occur at the molecular level.

Direct Measurement Video: Ballistic Pendulum - Jan 5, 2017

If you haven't discovered DMVs (Direct Measurement Videos) yet, you're in for a treat. High-resolution video lets students explore physical processes by directly measuring how they move. This lesson focuses on conservation of momentum in a cannon-pendulum system.

Fermilab: Data-based Investigations - Dec 15, 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.

Visionlearning: The Process of Science - Dec 15, 2016

Comprehensive instructional unit for Grades 8-12 will promote understanding of how real scientists design experiments, collect data, perform investigations, and communicate findings.

PBS Learning Media: Why Do Snowflakes Come in So Many Shapes and Sizes? - Dec 15, 2016

Multimedia lesson lets kids build an apparatus to create their own snow crystals. Simulations help them visualize the forces that interact at the molecular scale to create these wonders of nature.

UPC Science: The Real Prize Inside - Nov 22, 2016

Promote understanding of scientific inquiry as students analyze patterns in UPC barcodes to figure out their "language".

Nerve Science - Using Gelatin Circuits to Explore How Neurons Work - Oct 14, 2016

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.

Rocket Science: Using Conservation of Energy to Predict Max Height - Oct 14, 2016

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.

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.

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