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Bowling Balls: Will they Sink or Will they Float? part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
Students investigate whether a bowling ball will float or sink in an aquarium of water after measuring the ball and determining the density. This is meant to be an investigative inquiry of the concepts of density and significant figures.

Subject: Physics:General Physics:Measurement/Units, Mathematical Physics, Chemistry:General Chemistry:Properties of Matter

Bowling Balls: Will they Sink or Will they Float? part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
Students investigate whether a bowling ball will float or sink in an aquarium of water after measuring the ball and determining the density. This is meant to be an investigative inquiry of the concepts of density and significant figures.

Subject: Physics:General Physics:Measurement/Units, Mathematical Physics, Chemistry:General Chemistry:Properties of Matter

Two Dimensional Motion and Conservation of Energy part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
Lab investigating conservation of energy and projectile motion.

Subject: Physics:Classical Mechanics:Work and Energy

Newton's Second Law: Constant Force Applied to a Skateboarder part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a physics lab in which students generate distance vs. time graphs for skateboarders of different masses being pulled with various values of constant force. Students develop procedures, record and graph data, and analyze the data in light of Newton's 2nd law.

Subject: Physics:Classical Mechanics:Newton's Second Law

Investigating Motion: Understanding Frame of Reference part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
In this lab activity, students observe and describe motion from different frames of reference and measure the time for the motion. They analyze their findings and develop a working definition of "frame of reference".

Subject: Physics:Classical Mechanics:Relative Motion

Investigating Electricity: Testing for Electrical Conductivity (Conductors and Insulators) Using a Variety of Materials part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
In this lab, the students will test a variety of materials to discover which items are conductors and which items are insulators. They will discuss, classify, record data, and develop new questions relating to electricity.

Subject: Physics:Electricity & Magnetism

Magnets: What "sticks" part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a discovery lab where students will discover what does and does not stick to a magnet.

Subject: Physics:Electricity & Magnetism

Analyzing Forces and Motion Graphs by Riding an Elevator part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is an indoor lab where students will make predictions of what a force vs time and acceleration vs time graph will look like for a ride in an elevator going down and up. Students will collect data remotely using a Force Plate and accelerometer and then download the data to the computer for further analysis.

Subject: Physics:Classical Mechanics

Camping Trip: How can we measure the wavelength of light emitted from stars? part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is a chance for students to apply the diffraction grating equation m*&#923;/d = &#920; to solve a real life problem: find the wavelength of given source of light. It is also useful for them to apply trigonometry to real life scenarios.

Subject: Physics:Optics:Diffraction

Molar Volume of a Gas Determined via a Reaction between Magnesium and Hydrochloric Acid part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
This activity is an indoor lab for use with Vernier gas pressure sensors that allows students to experimentally determine the molar volume of a gas and ideal gas constant.

Subject: Physics:Thermodynamics & Statistical Mechanics:Gas Law, Chemistry:General Chemistry:Gas Laws