Reflection: Real World Applications Rocket Planes and Acceleration - Section 3: Student Activity


This lesson was created in order to have my students apply the acceleration formula in a real world scenario. It allows them to work with an object that actually exists and calculate the object's rate of acceleration. Most kids think that acceleration is a static value, like velocity, and describes an object's current condition. Rather, acceleration is a dynamic value that describes the change in an object's velocity.

It is important for the kids to see the space plane's initial velocity at lift-off and see the space plane's final velocity at around 50,000 m in altitude. Seeing those two very different numbers can hopefully instill in the students that acceleration is how velocity changes from initial to final velocity. Without examples that clearly show a discrepancy in changes of velocity, students will probably from a misconception that acceleration describes the current state of an object's velocity.

  Applying the acceleration formula to real applications
  Real World Applications: Applying the acceleration formula to real applications
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Rocket Planes and Acceleration

Unit 8: Motion
Lesson 6 of 6

Objective: Students will be able to use the acceleration formula with a simulation of a rocket plane to calculate acceleration.

Big Idea: Acceleration is more fun when it can be used to describe a rocket plane.

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