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Action-Reaction! Rocket
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Students construct rockets from balloons 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.

Subject:
Engineering
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Ben Heavner
Denise W. Carlson
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Sabre Duren
Date Added:
10/14/2015
The Big Mo
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Momentum is not only a physical principle; it is a psychological phenomenon. Students learn how the "Big Mo" of the bandwagon effect contributes to the development of fads and manias, and how modern technology and mass media accelerate and intensify the effect. Students develop media literacy and critical thinking skills to analyze trends and determine the extent to which their decisions may be influenced by those who manipulate a few opinion leaders. Note: The literacy activities for the Mechanics unit are based on physical themes that have broad application to our experience in the world concepts of rhythm, balance, spin, gravity, levity, inertia, momentum, friction, stress and tension.

Subject:
Engineering
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Denise Carlson
Jane Evenson
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Date Added:
09/26/2008
Blow-and-Go Parachute
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Students make a skydiver and parachute contraption to demonstrate how drag caused by air resistance slows the descent of skydivers as they travel back to Earth. Gravity pulls the skydiver toward the Earth, while the air trapped by the parachute provides an upward resisting force (drag) on the skydiver.

Subject:
Engineering
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Ben Heavner
Denise Carlson
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Sabre Duren
Date Added:
10/14/2015
Bottle Racer
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Here’s a new “spin” on an old toy. In this modern adaptation of a classic toy—the spool racer—a plastic water bottle is propelled by energy stored in a wound-up rubber band.

Subject:
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Exploratorium
Provider Set:
Science Snacks
Date Added:
03/30/2018
Breaking Beams
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Students learn about stress and strain by designing and building beams using polymer clay. They compete to find the best beam strength to beam weight ratio, and learn about the trade-offs engineers make when designing a structure.

Subject:
Architecture and Design
Engineering
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Ben Heavner
Chris Yakacki
Denise Carlson
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Date Added:
10/14/2015
Building a Stronger (Sweeter) New Orleans
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Students create and analyze composite materials with the intent of using the materials to construct a structure with optimal strength and minimal density. The composite materials are made of puffed rice cereal, marshmallows and chocolate chips. Student teams vary the concentrations of the three components to create their composite materials. They determine the material density and test its compressive strength by placing weights on it and measuring how much the material compresses. Students graph stress vs. strain and determine Young's modulus to analyze the strength of their materials.

Subject:
Architecture and Design
Engineering
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Charisse Nelson
Sarah Wigodsky
Date Added:
10/14/2015
Catapults!
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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.

Subject:
Engineering
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Ben Heavner
Denise Carlson
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Sabre Duren
Date Added:
10/14/2015
Classical Mechanics with Numerical Methods
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A book on introductory mechanics and numerical methods for lower division undergraduate students in engineering or physical sciences.

Subject:
Physics
Material Type:
Textbook
Provider:
GeoGebra
Author:
Timo Budarz
Date Added:
12/07/2022
College Physics II
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This course is designed for the student in science, electronic technology, or a health profession such as physical therapy. Subject matter covered will include: principles of mechanics, concurrent forces, nonconcurrent forces, friction, elasticity, motion, forces and motion, work and energy, power, impulse and momentum, and simple harmonic motion. A non-calculus approach.

Subject:
Physics
Material Type:
Full Course
Provider:
Northern Essex Community College
Author:
Il Yoon
Date Added:
05/15/2019
College Physics Reading Guides: 1st Semester
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These reading guides for OpenStax College Physics cover the chapters most often taught in the first semester. They are organized by chapter and section. The guides include chapter summaries, core terminology and equations, and review questions.

Copyright© 2015 by Greg Clements. Permission is granted to reproduce this document as long as 1) this copyright notice is included, 2) no charge of any kind is made, and, 3) the use is for an educational purpose.

Subject:
Physics
Material Type:
Lecture Notes
Student Guide
Author:
OpenStax, Rice University
Date Added:
11/21/2019
Cosmic Rhythm
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Students write poems using rhyme and meter as they come to understand the mechanical concept of rhythm, based on the principle of oscillation, in a broader biological and cultural context, as seen in dance and sports, poetry and other literary forms, and communication in general. Note: The literacy activities for the Mechanics unit are based on physical themes that have broad application to our experience in the world — concepts of rhythm, balance, spin, gravity, levity, inertia, momentum, friction, stress and tension.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Denise W. Carlson
Jane Evenson
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Date Added:
10/14/2015
Couch Potato or Inertia Victim?
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Students design a simple behavioral survey, and learn basic protocol for primary research, survey design and report writing. Note: The literacy activities for the Mechanics unit are based on physical themes that have broad application to our experience in the world — concepts of rhythm, balance, spin, gravity, levity, inertia, momentum, friction, stress and tension.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Denise Carlson
Jane Evenson
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Date Added:
10/14/2015
Crash! Bang!
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Students learn about the physical force of linear momentum movement in a straight line by investigating collisions. They learn an equation that engineers use to describe momentum. Students also investigate the psychological phenomenon of momentum; they see how the "big mo" of the bandwagon effect contributes to the development of fads and manias, and how modern technology and mass media accelerate and intensify the effect.

Subject:
Engineering
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Ben Heavner
Chris Yakacki
Denise Carlson
Malinda Schaefer Zarske
Date Added:
09/18/2014
Creepy Silly Putty
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Students learn about viscoelastic material behavior, such as strain rate dependence and creep, by using silly putty, an easy-to-make polymer material. They learn how to make silly putty, observe its behavior with different strain rates, and then measure the creep time of different formulations of silly putty. By seeing the viscoelastic behavior of silly putty, students start to gain an understanding of how biological materials function. Students gain experience in data collection, graph interpretation, and comparison of material properties to elucidate material behavior. It is recommended that students perform Part 1of the activity first (making and playing with silly putty), then receive the content and concept information in the associated lesson, and then complete Part 2 of the activity (experimenting and making measurements with silly putty).

Subject:
Architecture and Design
Engineering
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Brandi N. Briggs
Denise W. Carlson
Marissa H. Forbes
Date Added:
09/18/2014
Dynamics WeBWorK Problems
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Dynamics problems for the WeBWorK open online homework system. Includes problems from rigid body dynamics, at the second-year level.

The "tested" problems have been deployed in a class. The "untested" problems have been tested by the creators, but not yet deployed in a class.

These problems need to be uploaded into an instance of WeBWorK to use/assign them.

Subject:
Engineering
Material Type:
Assessment
Homework/Assignment
Author:
Agnes d'Entremont
UBC Engineering
Date Added:
08/04/2020
Engineering Statics: Open and Interactive
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A free and open source textbook for a traditional, one-semester, engineering mechanics (statics) course.
Topics include forces and moments; equilibrium of particles, rigid bodies, and structures; centroids and moments of inertia. The text contains interactive diagrams illustrating important concepts. A pdf version is at https://engineeringstatics.org/pdf/statics.pdf

Subject:
Engineering
Material Type:
Textbook
Author:
Dan Baker
William Haynes
Date Added:
08/17/2021
Galaxies and Dark Matter
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This video lesson has the goal of introducing students to galaxies as large collections of gravitationally bound stars. It explores the amount of matter needed for a star to remain bound and then brings in the idea of Dark Matter, a new kind of matter that does not interact with light. It is best if students have had some high school level mechanics, ideally Newton's laws, orbital motion and centripetal force. The teacher guide segment has a derivation of centripetal acceleration. This lesson should be mostly accessible to students with no physics background. The video portion of this lesson runs about 30 minutes, and the questions and demonstrations will give a total activity time of about an hour if the materials are all at hand and the students work quickly. However, 1 1/2 hours is a more comfortable amount of time. There are several demonstrations that can be carried out using string, ten or so balls of a few inches in diameter, a stopwatch or clock with a sweep second hand and some tape. The demonstrations are best done outside, but can also be carried out in a gymnasium or other large room. If the materials or space are not available, there are videos of the demonstrations in the module and these may be used.

Subject:
Astronomy
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
MIT
Provider Set:
MIT Blossoms
Author:
Peter Fisher
Date Added:
06/03/2015
Grade 3: Additional Language and Literacy Block: Module 1: Unit 1
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Additional Language and Literacy (ALL) Block component of Grade 3: Module 1: Unit 1 of the EL Education K-8 Language Arts Curriculum. The ALL Block is one hour of differentiated small group instruction aligned to the module content, giving students further practice with key literacy skills. This unit's ALL Block curriculum complements the Grade 3 module Overcoming Learning Challenges Near and Far. For more information on the ALL Block, please visit https://curriculum.eleducation.org/about-k-2-labs-and-ALL-block.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Provider:
EL Education
Provider Set:
EL Education Language Arts Curriculum
Author:
EL Education
Date Added:
12/16/2019
Grade 3: Additional Language and Literacy Block: Module 1: Unit 2
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Additional Language and Literacy (ALL) Block component of Grade 3: Module 1: Unit 2 of the EL Education K-8 Language Arts Curriculum. The ALL Block is one hour of differentiated small group instruction aligned to the module content, giving students further practice with key literacy skills. This unit's ALL Block curriculum complements the Grade 3 module Overcoming Learning Challenges Near and Far. For more information on the ALL Block, please visit https://curriculum.eleducation.org/about-k-2-labs-and-ALL-block.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Provider:
EL Education
Provider Set:
EL Education Language Arts Curriculum
Author:
EL Education
Date Added:
12/16/2019
Grade 3: Additional Language and Literacy Block: Module 1: Unit 3
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Additional Language and Literacy (ALL) Block component of Grade 3: Module 1: Unit 3 of the EL Education K-8 Language Arts Curriculum. The ALL Block is one hour of differentiated small group instruction aligned to the module content, giving students further practice with key literacy skills. This unit's ALL Block curriculum complements the Grade 3 module Overcoming Learning Challenges Near and Far. For more information on the ALL Block, please visit https://curriculum.eleducation.org/about-k-2-labs-and-ALL-block.

Subject:
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Unit of Study
Provider:
EL Education
Provider Set:
EL Education Language Arts Curriculum
Author:
EL Education
Date Added:
12/16/2019