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Using PhET simulations in high school – Open-ended Pendulum Labs part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:PhET Interactive Science Simulations:Examples
These labs provide examples of using very open-ended questions to guide students in exploring a simulation and designing their own experiments. These labs can lead to a high level of quantitative thinking about data analysis.

Using PhET simulations in a large lecture class – The Photoelectric Effect part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:PhET Interactive Science Simulations:Examples
This activity provides a complete curriculum for teaching the photoelectric effect using the PhET Photoelectric Effect simulation in a large-lecture modern physics course. It includes links to powerpoint slides for two to three 50-minute lectures using Peer Instruction with clickers, and one homework assignment suitable for an online homework system. Research has demonstrated that students in classes using this curriculum have a better understanding of the photoelectric effect than students in classes using traditional instruction supplemented by a computerized tutor.

HydroViz virtual hydrologic observatory part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Teaching with Google Earth:Examples
HydroViz is an educational "virtual" hydrologic observatory developed for a "real" watershed and is based on integration of field data, remote sensing observations and computer simulations of hydrologic variables and processes. The main purpose of HydroViz is to support hydrology education in engineering and earth science courses.

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"; ...

Using a Direct Measurement Video to Find the Rotational of Inertia of a Bicycle Wheel 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 Linear and Angular Momentum During a Collision part of Direct Measurement Videos:Activities
This activity is intended as an introduction to the concept of the angular momentum of a particle moving in a straight line. Students will use a video of a marble colliding with a wood block to analyze how both ...

Student Analysis: Determine the Acceleration of a Toy Car part of Direct Measurement Videos:Activities
This is a short activity intended to allow students to practice kinematics using a video of a familiar object: a spring-powered toy car. Students measure displacement and elapsed time from the video and use these ...

Student Analysis of Sliding and Rolling 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"; ...

Hurricanes: Unit Overview part of Hurricanes
In this EarthLabs module, students will do hands-on experiments and study hurricanes in satellite imagery and visualizations. They'll also explore over 150 years of storm data to find out when and where these storms occur. If students are studying hurricanes during hurricane season, they can monitor the position and status of storms in real time. Hurricanes can serve as an exciting entry point into understanding everyday weather, or a culminating topic for an Earth system or environmental science unit.

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.