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This middle school activity blends a motion sensor lab with a digital "SmartGraph" tool to help learners understand how forward, fast, and slow motions look on a graph of Position vs. Time. The activity requires a Vernier Go! motion device, which provides inputs to the SmartGraph interface via a USB connection. First, learners record their own movements back and forth, at varying speeds. With hints from the interactive SmartGraph, students explore how the motion appears on a Position vs. Time graph, then work to analyze what they see on the screen. This resource includes a lesson plan and assessment with answer key.
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Please note that this resource requires Java.
Editor's Note: This resource is the first of a series of sequenced SmartGraph activities, developed to promote deeper conceptual understanding of graphs and the relationships they symbolize. Users must register on The Concord Consortium to access full functionality of all the tools available with SmartGraphs. The Vernier Go! motion sensor with USB port may be purchased for ~$100.
AAAS Benchmark Alignments (2008 Version)
4. The Physical Setting
9. The Mathematical World
9B. Symbolic Relationships
Common Core State Standards for Mathematics Alignments
Standards for Mathematical Practice (K-12)
MP.2 Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
MP.5 Use appropriate tools strategically.
Expressions and Equations (6-8)
Understand the connections between proportional relationships, lines, and linear equations. (8)
Use functions to model relationships between quantities. (8)
This resource is part of a Physics Front Topical Unit.
Topic: Kinematics: The Physics of Motion
Unit Title: Velocity and Acceleration
This middle school activity blends a motion sensor lab with a digital "SmartGraph" tool to help learners understand how forward, fast, and slow motions look on a graph of Position vs. Time. The activity requires a Vernier Go! motion device, which provides inputs to the SmartGraph interface via a USB connection.Link to Unit:
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