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Action-Reaction! Rocket

Action-Reaction! Rocket

Students construct a rocket from a balloon propelled along a guide string. ... (more)

Students construct a rocket from a balloon propelled along a guide string. They use this model to learn about Newton's three laws of motion, examining the effect of different forces on the motion of the rocket. (less)

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TeachEngineering
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Ben Heavner
Denise Carlson
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Sabre Duren
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Catapults!

Catapults!

Students observe the relationship between the angle of a catapult (a force ... (more)

Students observe the relationship between the angle of a catapult (a force measurement) and the flight of a cotton ball. They learn how Newton's second law of motion works by seeing directly that F = ma. When they pull the metal "arm" back further, thus applying a greater force to the cotton ball, it causes the cotton ball to travel faster and farther. Students also learn that objects of greater mass require more force to result in the same distance traveled by a lighter object. (less)

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Author:
Ben Heavner
Denise Carlson
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Sabre Duren
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History and Philosophy of Mechanics: Newton's Principia Mathematica, Fall 2011

History and Philosophy of Mechanics: Newton's Principia Mathematica, Fall 2011

This course focuses on an in-depth reading of Principia Mathematica Philosophiae Naturalis ... (more)

This course focuses on an in-depth reading of Principia Mathematica Philosophiae Naturalis by Isaac Newton, as well as several related commentaries and historical philosophical texts. (less)

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Humanities
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MIT OpenCourseWare
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M.I.T.
Author:
Adam Schulman
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Ice Skater's Delight: The Conservation of Angular Momentum

Ice Skater's Delight: The Conservation of Angular Momentum

This learning video describes within an action orientation certain often difficult-to-understand concepts ... (more)

This learning video describes within an action orientation certain often difficult-to-understand concepts of Newtonian physics. The conservation of momentum is extended to rotational situations, and some of the results may be counter-intuitive! As Professor Lewin states in the opening segment, the prerequisite necessary for this lesson includes familiarity with the concepts of torque, angular velocity, angular momentum and moment of inertia. This interactive video lesson can easily be completed within a 55-minute class period, and the only material required is a blackboard/whiteboard to write on. During the breaks between video segments, students will be asked to think about and discuss: conditions under which angular momentum is either conserved or not conserved; examples in which the moment of inertia changes; a human ice skater and a rough estimation of her moment of inertia; as well as other topics. (less)

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Mathematics and Statistics
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MIT Blossoms
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MIT, Learning International Networks Consortium
Author:
Walter H.G. Lewin
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Into Space!

Into Space!

This activity introduces students to the basic physics concepts on how rockets ... (more)

This activity introduces students to the basic physics concepts on how rockets work through the building and testing of a model rocket fueled by an antacid. Students have the opportunity to revise and improve their initial design. Note: This activity is similar to film canister rockets that students make in elementary school but is adapted for middle school. (less)

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TeachEngineering
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TeachEngineering
Author:
Brian Kay
Janet Yowell
Jeff White
Jessica Butterfield
Jessica Todd
Karen King
Sam Semakula
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May the Force Be With You: Drag

May the Force Be With You: Drag

This lesson explores the drag force on airplanes. The students will be ... (more)

This lesson explores the drag force on airplanes. The students will be introduced to the concept of conservation of energy and how it relates to drag. Students will explore the relationship between drag and the shape, speed and size of an object. (less)

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TeachEngineering
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TeachEngineering
Author:
Alex Conner
Geoffrey Hill
Janet Yowell
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Tom Rutkowski
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May the Force Be With You: Thrust

May the Force Be With You: Thrust

In this lesson, students will study how propellers and jet turbines generate ... (more)

In this lesson, students will study how propellers and jet turbines generate thrust. This lesson focuses on Isaac Newton's 3rd Law of Motion, which states that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. (less)

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Mathematics and Statistics
Science and Technology
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TeachEngineering
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Alex Conner
Geoffrey Hill
Janet Yowell
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Tom Rutkowski
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Motion Commotion

Motion Commotion

Students learn why and how motion occurs and what governs changes in ... (more)

Students learn why and how motion occurs and what governs changes in motion, as described by Newton's three laws of motion. They gain hands-on experience with the concepts of forces, changes in motion, and action and reaction. In an associated literacy activity, students design a behavioral survey and learn basic protocol for primary research, survey design and report writing. (less)

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Mathematics and Statistics
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Activities and Labs
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TeachEngineering
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Ben Heavner
Denise Carlson
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Sabre Duren
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Pop Rockets

Pop Rockets

Students design and build a paper rocket around a film canister, which ... (more)

Students design and build a paper rocket around a film canister, which is used as the engine. An antacid tablet and water are put into the canister, react to form carbon dioxide gas, and act as the pop rocket's propellant. With the lid snapped on, the continuous creation of gas causes pressure to build up until the lid pops off, sending the rocket into the air. The pop rockets demonstrate Newton's third law of motion: for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. (less)

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Mathematics and Statistics
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TeachEngineering
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TeachEngineering
Author:
Brian Argrow
Janet Yowell
Jay Shah
Jeff White
Luke Simmons
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
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Red Light, Green Light

Red Light, Green Light

Building upon their understanding of forces and Newton's laws of motion, students ... (more)

Building upon their understanding of forces and Newton's laws of motion, students learn about the force of friction, specifically with respect to cars. They explore the friction between tires and the road to learn how it affects the movement of cars while driving. In an associated literacy activity, students explore the theme of conflict in literature, and the difference between internal and external conflict, and various types of conflicts. Stories are used to discuss methods of managing and resolving conflict and interpersonal friction. (less)

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Mathematics and Statistics
Science and Technology
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TeachEngineering
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TeachEngineering
Author:
Ben Heavner
Denise Carlson
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Sabre Duren
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Up, Up and Away! - Airplanes

Up, Up and Away! - Airplanes

The airplanes unit begins with a lesson on how airplanes create lift, ... (more)

The airplanes unit begins with a lesson on how airplanes create lift, which involves a discussion of air pressure and how wings use Bernoulli's Principle to change air pressure. Following the lessons on lift, students explore the other three forces acting on airplanes thrust, weight and drag. Following these lessons, students learn how airplanes are controlled and use paper airplanes to demonstrate these principles. The final lessons addresses societal and technological impacts airplanes have had on our world. Students learn about different kinds of airplanes and then design and build their own balsa wood airplanes based on what they have learned. (less)

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TeachEngineering
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TeachEngineering
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You're a Pushover!

You're a Pushover!

The purpose of this activity is to demonstrate Newton's 3rd Law of ... (more)

The purpose of this activity is to demonstrate Newton's 3rd Law of Motion, which is the physical law that governs thrust in aircraft. The students will do several activities that show that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. (less)

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Mathematics and Statistics
Science and Technology
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Collection:
TeachEngineering
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TeachEngineering
Author:
Alex Conner
Geoffrey Hill
Janet Yowell
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Tom Rutkowski
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Author:
George Kocur
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