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Analysis of simple harmonic oscillator in a single video clip part of 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.
Measuring velocity of objects using video clips part of 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 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.
Measuring the coefficient of friction of a skater on ice part of Teaching with Data:Examples
Students use video analysis of ice skaters gliding across the ice to determine the coefficient of friction between the skates and the ice. Materials include instructions and six videos that can be used for analysis.
Order It Up! part of Interactive Lectures:Examples
A think-pair-share activity which involves putting solar system bodies in order based on various statistics: escape velocity, distance from the sun, mass, etc. -
ConcepTest: Axis Tilt part of ConcepTests:Examples
Mars axis is tilted at approximately the same angle as Earth's axis. This should result in a. days of similar length. b. similar sequences of seasons. c. similar temperatures on the planet's surface. d. ...
ConcepTest: Tidal Ranges 1 part of ConcepTests:Examples
If the moon were farther away from the Earth: a. Tidal ranges would be larger b. Tidal ranges would be smaller c. There would no change in tidal ranges
ConcepTest: Tidal Ranges 2 part of ConcepTests:Examples
If the moon were larger: a. Tidal ranges would be larger b. Tidal ranges would be smaller c. There would no change in tidal ranges.
ConcepTest: Eccentricity and Seasons part of 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 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 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 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 ConcepTests:Examples
It takes 24 hours—one day—for 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 ConcepTests:Examples
Does the Moon have a geocentric or heliocentric type orbit? a. geocentric. b. heliocentric. c. neither.
ConcepTest: Relative Planet Ages part of 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 ...
Resources for using PhET simulations in class – PhET Activities Database part of PhET Interactive Science Simulations:Examples
The PhET Activities Database is a collection of resources for using PhET sims. It includes hundreds of lesson plans, homework assignments, labs, clicker questions, and more. Some activities have been created by the PhET team and some have been created by teachers.
Using PhET simulations to replace real equipment in lab – Circuit Construction Kit part of PhET Interactive Science Simulations:Examples
Labs and tutorials that use equipment such as circuits can be modified to use PhET simulations instead. Research shows that substituting the PhET Circuit Construction Kit simulation for real equipment in a variety ...
Writing your own activities - PhET Activity Guidelines part of PhET Interactive Science Simulations:Examples
You can create your own lectures, homework, and labs around any PhET simulation by using the PhET Activity Guidelines . These guidelines will help you create "guided inquiry activities which encourage students to construct their own understanding," which are the most effective way to use PhET simulations.
Using PhET simulations in high school – Open-ended Pendulum Labs part of 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 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.