Use this activity to explore forces acting on objects, practice graphing experimental ...
Use this activity to explore forces acting on objects, practice graphing experimental data, and introduce the algebra concepts of slope and intercept of a line. A wooden 2 x 4 beam is set on top of two scales. Students learn how to conduct an experiment by applying loads at different locations along the beam, recording the exact position of the applied load and the reaction forces measured by the scales at each end of the beam. In addition, students analyze the experiment data with the use of a chart and a table, and model/graph linear equations to describe relationships between independent and dependent variables.
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- GK-12 Program, Center for Engineering and Computing Education, College of Engineering and Information Technology,
- Ivanka Todorova
- Jed Lyons
- John Brader
- Veronica Addison