Direct Measurement Video Analysis - Blow-Dart Collides With Cart
- Students will be able to use a video to measure the velocity of the dart and cart, before and after the collision.
- Students will be able to compare momentum before and after a collision.
- Students will become more familiar with using videos to directly measure physics concepts.
- Students will apply conservation of momentum to a real-world situation.
Context for Use
Description and Teaching Materials
- Each student will need a computer to play the video on in order to analyze it. If there are not enough lap tops available, then the students may work in groups.
- The link should be available for the students: Blow Dart Collides with Cart Movie. Note that the video must be viewed as a quick time video in order to analyze it frame by frame. You must first download the video and then play it. Simply clicking on the link will not open it in quick time and will not allow frame by frame analysis.
- Students will need to perform calculations so scratch paper, pencil, and calculator are useful.
- The following sheet can be handed out to the students to help keep them organized and provide questions for them to answer: Student Handout (Microsoft Word 28kB Jul13 12)
- In order to change the difficulty level of this lesson simply take out the questions that lead up to how to calculate the conservation of momentum and ask only questions 5-8.
- Here is an answer key for the student handout: Handout Answer Key (Microsoft Word 29kB Jul13 12)
Teaching Notes and Tips
If a teacher plans to teach this lesson as an inquiry based lesson, it may be beneficial to have students in groups in order to facilitate questions and discussions.
This is set up to introduce direct measurement videos, so the first time the students see them they should be given time to play around with how the measurements could be found and how to use the frame counter or go frame by frame. The lesson may end up taking more than one class period depending on the knowledge of video software and background knowledge and comfort of physics equations needed.
References and Resources
Student Handout (Microsoft Word 28kB Jul13 12)
Handout Answer Key (Microsoft Word 29kB Jul13 12)