Reflection: Routines and Procedures g On an Incline - Section 3: Lab Activity


Absences aren't a huge problem in my school, but since my AP students are so involved they miss some classes, and inevitably some labs.  I've also had some students that have become seriously ill and missed several days or weeks of school.  Regardless of the reason, I still hold students accountable for any material that they missed and expect them to do an amount of work that's equal to a formal lab report.  

Ideally, I like to send students to PhET where they can visualize and complete a series of measurements.  Unfortunately, PhET's inclined plane experiments deal with forces and we've yet to cover that this year.  For this lab, I then send students to read through Galileo's Lab, do some research on Galileo's Inclined Plane Experiment, and write a 3 to 5 page scientific paper.  My students have done plenty of science writing as part of our English curriculum, but I also direct them to Duke's Scientific Writing Resource as a refresh.

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g On an Incline

Unit 1: 1-D Kinematics
Lesson 7 of 9

Objective: Students will be able to determine the mathematical relationship between the angle of an incline and the acceleration of a cart rolling down the incline.

Big Idea: How does the value of g change on an incline? Today, we ramp things up with carts rolling down tracks.

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