My students are all young scientists beginning to discover the wonders of physics and chemistry. We love to explore new concepts and ask questions together. If you came into my classroom, you might see us trying to shoot marbles through a "ring of fire" or titrating juice to determine the amount of acid.
My students are wonderful, curious, young people.
They work hard to support each other, and we love to have fun while learning physics and computer science. They are dedicated to their community, and each student at our school commits to performing at least 25 hours of community service each year. Over 70% of students in our district have a first language other than English, and nearly 65% are economically disadvantaged. This means our students face barriers to learning physics and chemistry far beyond just the difficulty of tackling such challenging subject matter.
Rotational motion is one of the most challenging concepts for new physics students. Students need to learn how to measure angular quantities and apply these quantities to complex situations.
These flying pigs will allow students to take data on a rotating object and develop a deeper understanding of rotational motion while having fun!
They'll take video of the pig, analyze the video and determine the angular velocity and forces acting on the pig.
Additionally, the inertia demonstration discs will allow students to physically feel what happens when you change the rotational inertia of a rotating object. They'll get to examine how changing the center of mass changes the object's motion.
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