Our school is a very busy high school with lots of opportunities for students to get involved in whatever interests them. My students take Physics in either their sophomore, junior or senior year. Because of this, they can have very different math backgrounds; some are concurrently enrolled in Algebra while others are in Advanced Placement classes.
My students want to change the world, participate in clubs, complete service hours and improve school culture.
Many of our students play sports like football, badminton, softball, baseball or track. We have a very robust marching and concert band so many students have long after school practices during marching band season. They may participate in theater productions, be a peer tutor or participate in one of our many clubs. Many of my students have after-school jobs or volunteer in our community. My seniors are busy in the Fall with college applications and my juniors study for SAT tests.
Students may comprehend an abstract concept better when they can get their own two hands on it. My AP Physics students can struggle with the concept of rotation. The math is tricky and it is hard to do a precise lab with the hands-on equipment we currently have. It is hard to support their problem solving skills when the results they get from labs are so different from what they should get that they no longer support the concepts. This Vernier Rotational Motion Sensor and Accessory Kit will allow them to model several different types of rotation problems. Students will be able to see the motion change right before their eyes and experiment with their own "What if ..." questions. This equipment is precise enough that their results will align with their own calculations, helping to confirm the abstract concepts and equations they learn.
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