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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"; ...

Conservation of energy of a rollercoaster using high speed video part of comPADRE Pedagogic Library:Teaching with Data:Examples
A high speed video clip of a roller coaster is used as an example of conservation of mechanical energy. Student use the video to determine whether mechanical energy is conserved while the roller coaster rolls up, and then back down a hil.

Is It Hot in Here? -- Spreadsheeting Conversions in the English and Metric Systems part of Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum:General Collection:Examples
Spreadsheets Across Curriculum module/Introductory chemistry course. Students build spreadsheets to examine unit conversions between the metric and English systems. Spreadsheet level: Beginner.

Analysis of simple harmonic oscillator in a single video clip part of comPADRE Pedagogic Library:Teaching with Data:Examples
One video clip, with embedded graphs, can be used to help students understand the mathematical relationships that describe simple harmonic motion.

Conservation of energy of while rolling down a hill part of comPADRE Pedagogic Library:Teaching with Data:Examples
Students analyze video clips of kids rolling down a hill on skates, scooters, and bikes to determine whether mechanical energy is conserved.

Measuring velocity of objects using video clips part of comPADRE Pedagogic Library:Teaching with Data:Examples
Students learn to determine the velocity of moving objects by doing simple analysis of video clips.

Resolving Force Vectors: Interactive Demonstration part of comPADRE Pedagogic Library:Teaching with Interactive Demonstrations:Examples
This is an Interactive Lecture Demonstration for resolving force vectors using the suspended block demonstration (1J30.10).