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Direct Measurement Video of a Bouncing Ball part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Using Direct Measurement Videos to Teach Physics:Examples
This is an activity presents an opportunity for students to practice problem solving using a direct measurement video. The video shows an inflatable rubber ball bouncing across a stage. Students make measurements ...

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.

Combined Series and Parallel Circuits: Interactive Lecture Demonstrations part of comPADRE Pedagogic Library:Interactive Lectures:Examples
Three in-class lecture demonstration questions to test and build understanding of DC circuits are presented. These questions cover simple series and parallel circuits, and a more complicated circuit that is ...

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.

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.

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).

Contructing a projectile launcher and free falling target part of comPADRE Pedagogic Library:Teaching with Interactive Demonstrations:Examples
This activity describes the construction and use of a pneumatic cannon and free falling target used to teach the concepts of projectile motion in introductory physics.

An electrostatics puzzler part of comPADRE Pedagogic Library:Teaching with Interactive Demonstrations:Examples
An interactive lecture demonstration intended to help students use physics reasoning to predict the outcome of a puzzling electrostatics demonstration.

A simple motor/generator demonstration for use in interactive lecture part of comPADRE Pedagogic Library:Teaching with Interactive Demonstrations:Examples
This activity describes a simple clear demonstration of electric generators (Faraday's Law) and electric motors (Lorentz Force). This demonstration can be used as an interactive lecture demonstration.

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.

ConcepTest: Viscosity part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Place these materials (maple syrup, milk, peanut butter, frozen yogurt) in the correct position for their relative viscosity. What is at position #B? a. frozen yogurt b. milk c. peanut butter d. maple syrup

ConcepTest: Eccentricity and Seasons part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Mars has a more eccentric orbit of the Sun than Earth. Mars is 20% closer to the Sun during winter in its Northern hemisphere than it is during its summer. What would be the implications for the seasons on Earth if ...

ConcepTest: Sun Spot Activity part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Sun spots, flares and other emissions from the Sun's surface can have a negative impact on electrical systems on Earth. What would be the implications for this type of solar activity if the Sun did not ...

ConcepTest: Jovian Planet Characteristics part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
The characteristics of four planets are listed below. Which planet is most likely to be classified as Jovian? a. Mainly rocky, volcanism, low gravity. b. Mainly rocky, no volcanism, high gravity. c. Mainly gaseous, ...

ConcepTest: Eccentricity and Temperature Distribution part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Mars has a more eccentric orbit of the Sun than Earth. Mars is 20% closer to the Sun during its winter than it is during its summer. How would temperature distributions on Earth be affected if we had a similarly ...

ConcepTest: Rotation part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
It takes 24 hoursone dayfor one complete rotation of Earth. How long would it take for the Sun to strike every location on the equator if Earth did not rotate on its axis? a. never b. one season c. 24 hours ...

ConcepTest: The Moons Orbit part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
Does the Moon have a geocentric or heliocentric type orbit? a. geocentric. b. heliocentric. c. neither.

ConcepTest: Relative Planet Ages part of Starting Point-Teaching Entry Level Geoscience:ConcepTests:Examples
How old are other planets in the Universe in comparison to the planets in our Solar System? a. Other planets are older than the planets in our Solar System. b. Other planets are younger than the planets in our ...