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  • Energy Institute High School
  • Houston, TX
  • Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Understanding the laws of physics requires being able to visualize and practice with actual examples of what is going on in the real world. It is important to back up the math of physics with physical examples of how the laws work. The equipment in this request will help my students have the opportunity to experience the laws of physics involved with rotational movement and projectile motion. While using the equipment, they will need to apply the mathematical formulas in order to project the outcomes of experiments before they actually run the final test. This reinforces both their understanding of the math behind the physical laws AND their abilities to perform science through valid experimental techniques. These materials are focused on 2 particular topics in the physics curriculum: 1) The Projectile Launcher will help students learn how to calibrate a launching device and calculate projectile motion. They will follow this with a group project to build their own device which can be calibrated to hit a target. 2) The Centripetal Force Apparatus and Rotating platform will will give them experience with angular motion and momentum. The first of these will help them collect data on forces as objects go around curves. A project will follow on how roads or amusement parks use "banking" to make turns safer. The rotating table will allow students to experience centripetal force directly by using bicycle wheel gyroscopes (which I already have) to see how forces from the spinning wheel can cause them to rotate on the table. The Vernier GoLinks are parts required to allow the students to hook the electronic tools directly to their Laptops in order to collect data.

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Understanding the laws of physics requires being able to visualize and practice with actual examples of what is going on in the real world. It is important to back up the math of physics with physical examples of how the laws work. The equipment in this request will help my students have the opportunity to experience the laws of physics involved with rotational movement and projectile motion. While using the equipment, they will need to apply the mathematical formulas in order to project the outcomes of experiments before they actually run the final test. This reinforces both their understanding of the math behind the physical laws AND their abilities to perform science through valid experimental techniques. These materials are focused on 2 particular topics in the physics curriculum: 1) The Projectile Launcher will help students learn how to calibrate a launching device and calculate projectile motion. They will follow this with a group project to build their own device which can be calibrated to hit a target. 2) The Centripetal Force Apparatus and Rotating platform will will give them experience with angular motion and momentum. The first of these will help them collect data on forces as objects go around curves. A project will follow on how roads or amusement parks use "banking" to make turns safer. The rotating table will allow students to experience centripetal force directly by using bicycle wheel gyroscopes (which I already have) to see how forces from the spinning wheel can cause them to rotate on the table. The Vernier GoLinks are parts required to allow the students to hook the electronic tools directly to their Laptops in order to collect data.

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