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published by the Public Broadcasting Service
technical implementer: the Show of Force Productions
This video-based resource provides a highly visual way to introduce basic physics concepts to high school students. Eight videos feature footage from the PBS series Circus to illustrate the laws of physics at work. Learn about projectile motion by watching jugglers; view trapeze artists to explore pendulum motion and linear momentum; watch as trick riders use centripetal acceleration to run their horses in circles without tiring them; investigate how acrobats use conservation of angular momentum to flip and twist. For deeper exploration, each video has a corresponding activity guide for teachers.
Please note that this resource requires Flash, or Quicktime, or Xuggle.
Editor's Note: Don't miss the raw video clips that can be downloaded and used for classroom video analysis. See Related Materials for a link to the cost-free "Tracker Video Analysis" software, which can be used in conjunction with these materials.
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Contains Circus Physics: Projectile Motion
Contains Circus Physics: Linear Momentum
Contains Circus Physics: Center of Mass
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