Dennis Abernathy

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Activities (2)

Vector Addition: Determining the Displacement Between Two Points in Your School part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
In this physics indoor lab students calculate the displacement from one corner of the school to the other. They complete this task by using a meter stick and recording the distances and directions needed to get there. Once all of the distances and directions are recorded, the students draw a to-scale map using vectors. Once the entire map is completed they are then instructed to calculate the displacement and direction of corner to corner of the school.

Discovering Velocity Outside of the Classroom part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
In this teaching physics with data based activity, the students gather data as a class from a person running at different rates on a football field. Synchronizing stopwatches and placing students every 10 yards apart as a classmate runs down the field and data is collected. The students then share the data as a class and transfer it to any graphing program. Once graphed, the entire class has the exact same distance versus time graph. As a class we then discuss what was happening between various time intervals, record in words what the graph is showing, and calculate average velocity.