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Extra Bounce
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In this indoor or outdoor demonstration, use a large and small ball ...

In this indoor or outdoor demonstration, use a large and small ball to illustrate conservation of energy and momentum. Learners will compare how high the balls bounce when bounced individually or together. This experiment can also be used as a good demonstration of Chaos effects. This activity guide includes a helpful video that demonstrates each step of the demonstration.

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Technology
Education
Chemistry
Physics
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Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Simulations
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Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
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Institute of Physics
Fundamentals of Physics, I
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Remix and Share
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This course provides a thorough introduction to the principles and methods of ...

This course provides a thorough introduction to the principles and methods of physics for students who have good preparation in physics and mathematics. Emphasis is placed on problem solving and quantitative reasoning. This course covers Newtonian mechanics, special relativity, gravitation, thermodynamics, and waves.

Subject:
Physics
Science and Technology
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Assessments
Audio Lectures
Full Course
Lecture Notes
Syllabi
Video Lectures
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Yale University
Provider Set:
Open Yale Courses
Author:
Ramamurti Shankar
Gas Properties
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Pump gas molecules to a box and see what happens as you ...

Pump gas molecules to a box and see what happens as you change the volume, add or remove heat, change gravity, and more. Measure the temperature and pressure, and discover how the properties of the gas vary in relation to each other.

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Computing and Information
Engineering
Technology
Mathematics
Mathematics and Statistics
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Science and Technology
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Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Interactive
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AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
ComPADRE Digital Library
University of Colorado Boulder
Provider Set:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
PhET Interactive Simulations
Author:
Barbera, Jack
Carl Wieman
Danielle Harlow
Dubson, Michael
Hjarlow, Danielle
Jack Barbera
Kathy Perkins
Koch, Linda
LeMaster, Ron
Linda Koch
Michael Dubson
Perkins, Kathy
PhET Interactive Simulations
Ron LeMaster
Wieman, Carl
The Greenhouse Effect
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How do greenhouse gases affect the climate? Explore the atmosphere during the ...

How do greenhouse gases affect the climate? Explore the atmosphere during the ice age and today. What happens when you add clouds? Change the greenhouse gas concentration and see how the temperature changes. Then compare to the effect of glass panes. Zoom in and see how light interacts with molecules. Do all atmospheric gases contribute to the greenhouse effect?

Subject:
Engineering
Environmental Science
Technology
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Mathematics and Statistics
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Science and Technology
Social Sciences
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Interactive
Provider:
ComPADRE Digital Library
University of Colorado Boulder
Provider Set:
ComPADRE Classroom-Ready Resources
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
NGSS Aligned PhET Interactive Simulations
Author:
Adams, Wendy
Blanco, John
Carl Wieman
Danielle Harlow
Harlow, Danielle
John Blanco
Kathy Perkins
Kelly Lancaster
Lancaster, Kelly
LeMaster, Ron
Loeblein, Trish
National Science Foundation
Parson, Robert
Perkins, Kathy
PhET Interactive Simulations
Robert Parson
Ron LeMaster
Trish Loeblein
Wendy Adams
Wieman, Carl
William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
How a Hybrid Works
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Students investigate different forms of hybrid engines as well as briefly conclude ...

Students investigate different forms of hybrid engines as well as briefly conclude a look at the different forms of potential energy, which concludes the Research and Revise step of the legacy cycle. Students are introduced to basic circuit schematics and apply their understanding of the difference between series and parallel circuits to current research on hybrid cars.

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Education
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Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
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TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Joel Daniel (funded by the NSF-funded Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power at the University of Minnesota)
Megan Johnston
VU Bioengineering RET Program,
Hybrid Vehicle Design Challenge
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Through four lessons and four hands-on associated activities, this unit provides a ...

Through four lessons and four hands-on associated activities, this unit provides a way to teach the overarching concept of energy as it relates to both kinetic and potential energy. Within these topics, students are exposed to gravitational potential, spring potential, the Carnot engine, temperature scales and simple magnets. During the module, students apply these scientific concepts to solve the following engineering challenge: "The rising price of gasoline has many effects on the US economy and the environment. You have been contracted by an engineering firm to help design a physical energy storage system for a new hybrid vehicle for Nissan. How would you go about solving this problem? What information would you consider to be important to know? You will create a small prototype of your design idea and make a sales pitch to Nissan at the end of the unit." This module is built around the Legacy Cycle, a format that incorporates findings from educational research on how people best learn. This module is written for a first-year algebra-based physics class, though it could easily be modified for conceptual physics.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Full Course
Instructional Material
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering NGSS Aligned Resources
Author:
Joel Daniel (funded by the NSF-funded Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power at the University of Minnesota)
Megan Johnston
VU Bioengineering RET Program,
Imagine Life without Friction
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Students are introduced to the concept of inertia and its application to ...

Students are introduced to the concept of inertia and its application to a world without the force of friction acting on moving objects. When an object is in motion, friction tends to be the force that acts on this object to slow it down and eventually come to a stop. By severely limiting friction through the use of hover pucks, students learn that the energy of one moving puck is transferred directly to another puck at rest when they collide. Students learn the concept of the conservation of energy via a "collision," and come to realize that with friction, energy is converted primarily to heat to slow and stop an object in motion. In the associated activity, "The Puck Stops Here," students investigate the frictional force of an object when different materials are placed between the object and the ground. They apply this understanding to the challenge to design a new hockey puck for the National Hockey League.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering NGSS Aligned Resources
Author:
Anne Vanderschueren
Engineering K-PhD Program,
Greg Larkin
Introduction to Energy
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This reading defines energy and discusses topics such as Potential energy, Kinetic ...

This reading defines energy and discusses topics such as Potential energy, Kinetic energy, Conservation of Energy, Energy Efficiency, Sources of Energy, Measuring Energy, Energy use, Who uses energy?, and Energy use and prices. The document also depicts illustrations of energy transformations, efficiency of power plants, U.S. energy consumption by source, and percentage of energy use by industrial, commercial, residential, and transportation sectors.

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Technology
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Reference
Provider:
NSDL Staff
Provider Set:
NSDL Science Refreshers
It's Tiggerific!
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Students investigate potential energy held within springs (elastic potential energy) as part ...

Students investigate potential energy held within springs (elastic potential energy) as part of the Research and Revise step. Class begins with a video of spring shoes or bungee jumping. Then students move on into notes and problems as a group. A few questions are given as homework. The Test Your Mettle section concludes. The lesson includes a dry lab that involves pogo sticks to solidify the concepts of spring potential energy, kinetic energy and gravitational energy, as well as conservation of energy.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering NGSS Aligned Resources
Author:
Joel Daniel (funded by the NSF-funded Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power at the University of Minnesota)
Megan Johnston
VU Bioengineering RET Program,
Kinetic and Potential Energy of Motion
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In this lesson, students are introduced to both potential energy and kinetic ...

In this lesson, students are introduced to both potential energy and kinetic energy as forms of mechanical energy. A hands-on activity demonstrates how potential energy can change into kinetic energy by swinging a pendulum, illustrating the concept of conservation of energy. Students calculate the potential energy of the pendulum and predict how fast it will travel knowing that the potential energy will convert into kinetic energy. They verify their predictions by measuring the speed of the pendulum.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering NGSS Aligned Resources
Author:
Bailey Jones
Chris Yakacki
Denise Carlson
Integrated Teaching and Learning Program,
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Matt Lundberg
Masses & Springs
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A realistic mass and spring laboratory. Hang masses from springs and adjust ...

A realistic mass and spring laboratory. Hang masses from springs and adjust the spring stiffness and damping. You can even slow time. Transport the lab to different planets. A chart shows the kinetic, potential, and thermal energy for each spring.

Subject:
Computing and Information
Engineering
Technology
Education
Life Science
Mathematics
Mathematics and Statistics
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Full Course
Instructional Material
Interactive
Provider:
ComPADRE Digital Library
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
University of Colorado Boulder
Provider Set:
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
NGSS Aligned PhET Interactive Simulations
Author:
Adams, Wendy
Dubson, Michael
Excellence Center of Science and Mathematics Education at King Saud University
Kathy Perkins
Michael Dubson
National Science Foundation
O'Donnell Foundation
Perkins, Kathy
PhET
PhET Interactive Simulations
The Mortenson Family Foundation
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
Wendy Adams
Masses & Springs (AR)
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A realistic mass and spring laboratory. Hang masses from springs and adjust ...

A realistic mass and spring laboratory. Hang masses from springs and adjust the spring stiffness and damping. You can even slow time. Transport the lab to different planets. A chart shows the kinetic, potential, and thermal energy for each spring.

Subject:
Mathematics and Statistics
Physics
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Interactive
Simulations
Provider:
University of Colorado Boulder
Provider Set:
NGSS Aligned PhET Interactive Simulations
Author:
Adams, Wendy
Dubson, Michael
Perkins, Kathy
Move It!
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Students learn how the conservation of energy applies to impact situations such ...

Students learn how the conservation of energy applies to impact situations such as a car crash or a falling objects. Mechanical energy is the most easily understood form of energy for students. When mechanical energy is involved, something moves. Mechanical energy is a very important concept to understand. Engineers need to know what happens when something heavy falls from a long distance changing its potential energy into kinetic energy. Automotive engineers need to know what happens when cars crash into each other, and why they can do so much damage, even at low speeds! Our knowledge of mechanical energy is used to help design things like bridges, engines, cars, tools, parachutes and even buildings!

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering NGSS Aligned Resources
Author:
Engineering K-PhD Program,
Randall Evans, Dan Choi
Off the Grid
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Students learn and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of renewable and non-renewable ...

Students learn and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of renewable and non-renewable energy sources. They also learn about our nation's electric power grid and what it means for a residential home to be "off the grid."

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering NGSS Aligned Resources
Author:
Denise W. Carlson
Integrated Teaching and Learning Program,
Lauren Cooper
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Tyler Maline
Over the Hill
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In this physics activity, learners construct a small-scale version of a classic ...

In this physics activity, learners construct a small-scale version of a classic carnival game. A large marble is rolled along a track made from a commonly available and inexpensive metal shelf bracket. The track is gently bent so that there is a flat portion, then a small hill, and finally a steep uphill portion. The objective is to roll the ball so that it goes over the first hill, but does not come back over the hill -- the ball should remain in the dip between the two hills. The process involves nice illustrations of the interplay of kinetic energy, potential energy and friction.

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Engineering
Education
Chemistry
Physics
Space Science
Social Sciences
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Games
Instructional Material
Simulations
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Don Rathjen
The Exploratorium
Pendulum Lab
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Play with one or two pendulums and discover how the period of ...

Play with one or two pendulums and discover how the period of a simple pendulum depends on the length of the string, the mass of the pendulum bob, and the amplitude of the swing. It's easy to measure the period using the photogate timer. You can vary friction and the strength of gravity. Use the pendulum to find the value of g on planet X. Notice the anharmonic behavior at large amplitude.

Subject:
Computing and Information
Education
Mathematics and Statistics
Physics
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Interactive
Lesson Plans
Provider:
ComPADRE Digital Library
University of Colorado Boulder
Provider Set:
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
NGSS Aligned PhET Interactive Simulations
Author:
Dubson, Michael
Loeblein, Trish
Michael Dubson
PhET Interactive Simulations
Trish Loeblein
Pendulum Lab (AR)
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Play with one or two pendulums and discover how the period of ...

Play with one or two pendulums and discover how the period of a simple pendulum depends on the length of the string, the mass of the pendulum bob, and the amplitude of the swing. It's easy to measure the period using the photogate timer. You can vary friction and the strength of gravity. Use the pendulum to find the value of g on planet X. Notice the anharmonic behavior at large amplitude.

Subject:
Mathematics and Statistics
Physics
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Interactive
Simulations
Provider:
University of Colorado Boulder
Provider Set:
NGSS Aligned PhET Interactive Simulations
Author:
Dubson, Michael
Loeblein, Trish
PhET Simulation: Energy Forms and Changes
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No Strings Attached
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This simulation lets learners explore how heating and cooling adds or removes ...

This simulation lets learners explore how heating and cooling adds or removes energy. Use a slider to heat blocks of iron or brick to see the energy flow. Next, build your own system to convert mechanical, light, or chemical energy into electrical or thermal energy. (Learners can choose sunlight, steam, flowing water, or mechanical energy to power their systems.) The simulation allows students to visualize energy transformation and describe how energy flows in various systems. Through examples from everyday life, it also bolsters understanding of conservation of energy. This item is part of a larger collection of simulations developed by the Physics Education Technology project (PhET).

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Interactive
Provider:
ComPADRE Digital Library
University of Colorado Boulder
Provider Set:
ComPADRE Classroom-Ready Resources
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
NGSS Aligned PhET Interactive Simulations
Author:
Ariel Paul
Emily Moore
John Blanco
Kathy Perkins
Noah Podolefsky
PhET Interactive Simulations
Trish Loeblein
Physics 250 Laboratory: Conservation of Energy
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This is a lab activity involving transformations between the gravitational potential energy, ...

This is a lab activity involving transformations between the gravitational potential energy, elastic potential energy, and kinetic energy of a system. An air track with a glider and a photo gate timer are needed to perform the lab. The lab is divided into three separate but related parts. The first part involves using a spring to launch the glider horizontally, measuring the velocity of the glider, and then relating elastic potential energy to kinetic energy. The second activity involves adjusting the air track so that when the glider is launched, it goes up an incline. This set up allows students to relate elastic potential energy to gravitational potential energy. The third and final activity ties elastic potential, gravitational, and kinetic energy together. Using the knowledge they acquired from the first two activities, the students need to use Conservation of Energy to predict the velocity of the glider as it is launched up the incline and then compare their prediction to the experimental value.

Subject:
Physics
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Provider:
National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)
Penn State University
Provider Set:
NGSS@NSTA