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Airplane on a String part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Using Direct Measurement Videos to Teach Physics:Examples
Students analyze the motion of a toy airplane on a string using information from the video (a visible force scale, a frame-counter & an overlaid protractor). These measurments allow them to determine the mass and speed of the aircraft as well as the length of the string that constrains it.

Reflection and Absorption of Light part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:Teaching with Data:Examples
Students use a microcomputer connected to a light sensor and temperature probe to explore the reflection and absorption of light. -

An exploration of spring systems: Asking and answering quantitative questions part of Teaching Resources:Quantitative Writing:Examples
Laboratory activity on springs and simple harmonic motion that encourages creative development of experiments and clear presentation of quantitative results in the form of a memo.

Making Sustainable Business Decisions In Four Different Industries and Their Effect on People (Social), Planet (Environment), and Profit (Economics) part of SISL:Activities
The student will gain a better understanding of "Global Warming" and the "Triple Bottom Line" by viewing the first two videos. Further the CEO2 game will introduce many new ideas/options that specific industries have to select from in achieving their desired corporate/company goals.

Modeling: (1) Revenue Neutral Carbon Taxes; (2) Accelerated atmospheric C02 concentrations part of SISL:2012 Sustainability in Math Workshop:Activities
Design a revenue neutral carbon tax and a plan for implementation; together with a model for what happens if we do not institute such a tax-system.

Airplane on a String - Student Activity part of Direct Measurement Videos:Activities
Students analyze the motion of a toy airplane on a string using information from the video (a visible force scale, a frame-counter and an overlaid protractor). These measurements allow them to determine the mass and speed of the aircraft as well as the length of the string that constrains it.

Student Analysis of a Person Jumping on a Trampoline part of Direct Measurement Videos:Activities
Screen shot from a video of person jumping on a trampoline (Quicktime Video 7.7MB Jul9 12) This clip shows a person jumping on a trampoline. When studying conservation of energy, a common example is a ball being ...

Student Analysis of a Cart Rolling Down a Ramp part of Direct Measurement Videos:Activities
//the framerate variable is used in frame skipping var framerate = 30; document.getElementById("dmv_video").style.maxWidth="593px"; document.getElementById("dmv_video").style.minHeight="200px"; ...

Student Analysis of a Hockey Slap Shot part of Direct Measurement Videos:Activities
//the framerate variable is used in frame skipping var framerate = 30; document.getElementById("dmv_video").style.maxWidth="593px"; document.getElementById("dmv_video").style.minHeight="200px"; ...

Direct Measurement Video Analysis - Blow-Dart Collides With Cart part of Direct Measurement Videos:Activities
Students will use a video clip to directly measure conservation of momentum.

Find the Acceleration of a Rocket-Powered Cart part of Direct Measurement Videos:Activities
A video of a student accelerating across a stage on a cart powered by a releasing compressed carbon dioxide from a fire extinguisher can be used to analyze constant acceleration. This video includes a to-scale ...

Direct Measurement Video Analysis: Friction of a Block Sliding Down a Ramp part of Direct Measurement Videos:Activities
//the framerate variable is used in frame skipping var framerate = 30; document.getElementById("dmv_video").style.maxWidth="593px"; document.getElementById("dmv_video").style.minHeight="200px"; ...

Introduction to Direct Measurement Video: Measure the Velocity of a Roller Coaster part of Direct Measurement Videos:Activities
//the framerate variable is used in frame skipping var framerate = 30; document.getElementById("dmv_video").style.maxWidth="593px"; document.getElementById("dmv_video").style.minHeight="200px"; ...

Student Analysis of a Bouncing Ball part of Direct Measurement Videos:Activities
//the framerate variable is used in frame skipping var framerate = 30; document.getElementById("dmv_video").style.maxWidth="593px"; document.getElementById("dmv_video").style.minHeight="200px"; ...

Lab: Horizontally Launched Projectiles (with uncertainty analysis) part of comPADRE Pedagogic Library:Measurement and Uncertainty:Examples
This is a version of the time-tested lab where students roll a ball off a table top and use kinematics in two dimensions to try to predict where the ball will land. While many versions of this lab have been ...

Introduction to Measurement (advanced high school/intro college level) part of comPADRE Pedagogic Library:Measurement and Uncertainty:Examples
30-page illustrated guide to fundamentals of measurement. This is intended to be a clear, comprehensive overview of effective measurement technique. Intended for advanced high school or introductory college level ...

Activity: Measure Your Reaction Time part of comPADRE Pedagogic Library:Measurement and Uncertainty:Examples
This is a lab activity that allows students to collect data to practice using effective measurement. While other authors have produced similar labs, this version includes uncertainty analysis consistent with ...

Activity: Identifying a solid using density part of comPADRE Pedagogic Library:Measurement and Uncertainty:Examples
Effective measurement techniques include the concept of measurement uncertainty. Students may make erroneous conclusions analyzing data using measurements that do not include the uncertainty of the measurement. In this lab, students determine a density range for a metal and identify the material based on this range.

Lab: Measuring the Speed of Sound in Air (with uncertainty analysis) part of comPADRE Pedagogic Library:Measurement and Uncertainty:Examples
Students use a microphone and Vernier LabQuest to record the sound of a finger-snap echo in a 1-2 meter cardboard tube. Students measure the time for the echo to return to the microphone, and measure the length of ...

Context-rich problem for cooperative group problem solving - Electric Force part of Starting Point: Teaching and Learning Economics:Teaching Methods:Context-Rich Problems:Examples
Context-rich problem for electrostatics in an introductory physics class. The instructional setting uses cooperative group problem solving.