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8.3 Forces at a Distance - Unit Overview
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This unit launches with a slow-motion video of a speaker as it plays music. In the previous unit, students developed a model of sound. This unit allows students to investigate the cause of a speaker’s vibration in addition to the effect.

Students dissect speakers to explore the inner workings, and engineer homemade cup speakers to manipulate the parts of the speaker. They identify that most speakers have the same parts–a magnet, a coil of wire, and a membrane. Students investigate each of these parts to figure out how they work together in the speaker system. Along the way, students manipulate the components (e.g. changing the strength of the magnet, number of coils, direction of current) to see how this technology can be modified and applied to a variety of contexts, like MagLev trains, junkyard magnets, and electric motors.

Subject:
Physics
Material Type:
Unit of Study
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OpenSciEd
Date Added:
07/15/2021
AP Physics 1 review of 1D motion
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In this video David rapidly explains all the concepts in 1D motion and also quickly solves a sample problem for each concept. Keep an eye on the side scroll see how far along you've made it in the review video. Created by David SantoPietro.

Subject:
Physics
Material Type:
Lesson
Provider:
Khan Academy
Provider Set:
Khan Academy
Author:
David SantoPietro
Date Added:
06/29/2018
AP Physics 1 review of 2D motion and vectors
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In this video David quickly explains each 2D motion concept and does a quick example problem for each concept. Keep an eye on the scroll to the right to see where you are in the review. Created by David SantoPietro.

Subject:
Physics
Material Type:
Lesson
Provider:
Khan Academy
Provider Set:
Khan Academy
Author:
David SantoPietro
Date Added:
06/29/2018
AP Physics 1 review of Centripetal Forces
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In this video David explains each concept for centripetal motion and solves an example problem for each concept. Created by David SantoPietro.

Subject:
Physics
Material Type:
Lesson
Provider:
Khan Academy
Provider Set:
Khan Academy
Author:
David SantoPietro
Date Added:
06/29/2018
AP Physics 1 review of Energy and Work
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In this video David explains the concepts in Work and Energy and does an example problem for each concept. Link for document: https://www.dropbox.com/s/t1w6xlnkozzel17/Energy%20review.pdf?dl=0. Created by David SantoPietro.

Subject:
Physics
Material Type:
Lesson
Provider:
Khan Academy
Provider Set:
Khan Academy
Author:
David SantoPietro
Date Added:
06/29/2018
AP Physics 1 review of Forces and Newton's Laws
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In this video David quickly explains each concept behind Forces and Newton's Laws and does a sample problem for each concept. Keep an eye on the scroll to the right to see how far along you've made it in the review. Created by David SantoPietro.

Subject:
Physics
Material Type:
Lesson
Provider:
Khan Academy
Provider Set:
Khan Academy
Author:
David SantoPietro
Date Added:
06/29/2018
Above-Ground Storage Tank Design Project
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At this point in the unit, students have learned about Pascal's law, Archimedes' principle, Bernoulli's principle, and why above-ground storage tanks are of major concern in the Houston Ship Channel and other coastal areas. In this culminating activity, student groups act as engineering design teams to derive equations to determine the stability of specific above-ground storage tank scenarios with given tank specifications and liquid contents. With their floatation analyses completed and the stability determined, students analyze the tank stability in specific storm conditions. Then, teams are challenged to come up with improved storage tank designs to make them less vulnerable to uplift, displacement and buckling in storm conditions. Teams present their analyses and design ideas in short class presentations.

Subject:
Engineering
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Emily Sappington
Mila Taylor
Date Added:
09/18/2014
Above the Clouds: Telescopes on Mauna Kea
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This video segment adapted from First Light explains why the highest peak in the Pacific, Mauna Kea, is an ideal site for astronomical observations. Featured are new telescope technologies that allow astronomers to explore the universe in more depth.

Subject:
Education
Astronomy
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media: Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development
Author:
National Science Foundation
WGBH Educational Foundation
Date Added:
12/17/2005
Absorption and emission
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Using shell model diagram to relate absorption to emission. Derives relationship between emitted photon and energy levels, the Balmer-Rydberg equation. Created by Jay.

Subject:
Physics
Material Type:
Lesson
Provider:
Khan Academy
Provider Set:
Association of American Medical Colleges
Author:
James Luer
Date Added:
06/23/2014
Acceleration
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Acceleration (a) is the change in velocity (Δv) over the change in time (Δt), represented by the equation a = Δv/Δt. This allows you to measure how fast velocity changes in meters per second squared (m/s^2). Acceleration is also a vector quantity, so it includes both magnitude and direction. Created by Sal Khan.

Subject:
Physics
Material Type:
Lesson
Provider:
Khan Academy
Provider Set:
Khan Academy
Author:
Sal Khan
Date Added:
07/15/2021
Accelerometer: Centripetal Acceleration
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Students work as physicists to understand centripetal acceleration concepts. They also learn about a good robot design and the accelerometer sensor. They also learn about the relationship between centripetal acceleration and centripetal force governed by the radius between the motor and accelerometer and the amount of mass at the end of the robot's arm. Students graph and analyze data collected from an accelerometer, and learn to design robots with proper weight distribution across the robot for their robotic arms. Upon using a data logging program, they view their own data collected during the activity. By activity end , students understand how a change in radius or mass can affect the data obtained from the accelerometer through the plots generated from the data logging program. More specifically, students learn about the accuracy and precision of the accelerometer measurements from numerous trials.

Subject:
Engineering
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Carlo Yuvienco
Jennifer S. Haghpanah
Date Added:
09/18/2014
Accidental Discoveries
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This segment from Swift: Eyes through Time traces the history military officers and engineers discovering a strange phenomenon in the sky that astronomers now know are gamma-ray bursts.

Subject:
Astronomy
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
Teachers' Domain
Author:
NASA
PA Space Grant
WPSU
Date Added:
11/30/2007
Acids and Bases: Cabbage Juice Indicator
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In this video segment, the ZOOM cast demonstrates how to use cabbage juice to find out if a solution is an acid or a base.

Subject:
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media: Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development
Author:
National Science Foundation
WGBH Educational Foundation
Date Added:
02/20/2004
Acids and Bases: Making a Film Canister Rocket
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In this video segment adapted from ZOOM, two cast members demonstrate what happens when vinegar is added to baking soda inside a container. The resulting chemical reaction produces enough carbon dioxide to launch their paper rocket skyward.
Recommended for: Grades K-5

Subject:
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media: Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development
Author:
National Science Foundation
WGBH Educational Foundation
Date Added:
02/20/2004
Acids and Bases: Testing Rocket Cars
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A car propelled by the reaction between lemon juice and baking soda has more in common with rockets and jet aircraft than one might think. In this video segment adapted from ZOOM, two cast members demonstrate the power of rocket-propelled vehicles and how to exploit the force produced by the carbon dioxide gas. Grades 3-8.

Subject:
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media: Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development
Author:
National Science Foundation
WGBH Educational Foundation
Date Added:
02/20/2004
Acids and Bases: Testing Rockets
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It would seem that bottles of lemon juice and rockets have only their basic shape in common. However, as two cast members from ZOOM demonstrate in this adapted video segment, when baking soda is added to the mix, a plastic bottle can act very much like a real rocket. Grades 3-8.

Subject:
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
PBS LearningMedia
Provider Set:
PBS Learning Media: Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and Professional Development
Author:
National Science Foundation
WGBH Educational Foundation
Date Added:
02/20/2004