Monthly Archives: March 2014

Day 2.38 Unbalanced Force Ranking Task

Wed. March 26, 2014   Physics students were given the task of analyzing several similar but different unbalanced force situations.  I had two of these types of problems so I decided to split my large class into just two halves. … Continue reading

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Day 2.37 Using Google Forms to Share Data

Tues. Mar 25, 2014 After groups made observations from the Sticky Tape Lab they shared their data with me and the class using a Google Form that looked like this:  (Link)   The class data then gets dumped into a … Continue reading

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Day 2.36 Sticky Tape!

Mon. Mar 24, 2014   Classic Modeling Chemistry!  My chem students began exploring electrical interactions (granted we didn’t call them that yet.)  We used the traditional Scotch tape lab to statically charge the items and test their attraction and repulsion … Continue reading

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Day 2.35 Claim, Evidence, Reasoning

  Last week at the WSST (Wisconsin Society of Science Teachers) conference there was lots of talk about the Claim, Evidence, and Reasoning format for summarizing lab results.  I’ve always kind of tried to get students to write conclusions in … Continue reading

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Day 2.34 Plane Mirror Fun

Thurs. Mar 20, 2014 This is one of my favorite yet simplistic labs we do.  Using a small plane mirror students place a whiteboard marker in front of the mirror.  Because the markers are taller than the mirrors I have … Continue reading

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Day 2.33 Unbalanced Force Lab

Wed. Mar 19, 2014 Yesterday Physics was brainstorming ideas about how to change the amount of unbalanced force on a system and then measure how that effects acceleration.  One group really wanted to “funnel” down the wind from a blowing … Continue reading

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Day 2.32 Fan Cart Question

Tues. Mar 18, 2014 Today we brainstormed variables that might affect the acceleration of an object that is experiencing an unbalanced force.  One group wondered what would happen if we were able to “funnel” the wind being blown from the … Continue reading

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