Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding Angry Bird Physics: Applying Lessons From Galileo - Section 2: Warm-Up


I value the concept of stretching an existing model to solve a related problem. With this in mind, I ask students to move beyond learning skills as independent proficiencies to be applied for singular purposes. For example, when students determine the equations of an Angry Bird's motion, I want them to make the connections between the projectile's motion and the equations we learned during the Galileo Unit. Then I ask them to discuss the similarities between the two types of motion to identify relevant mathematical expressions for determining the maximum height, range and total time of flight for a projectile. I encourage students to use tools from math and physics to take notes which they will use in their summaries on the motion of an Angry Bird.

This is all based on the criteria I introduced earlier in the class. I encourage them to move towards building a strong set of habits of work and habits of mind that foster an enduring understandings and integration of knowledge from disparate areas of their educational experiences. I have students leverage their knowledge of Galileo's experiments to develop an understanding of the motion of an angry bird with known initial velocity. This is related to several standards, including MP5 and SP3 because students must identify the correct equation of motion to determine a mathematical expression for each factor that affects a projectile's motion. 

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Angry Bird Physics: Applying Lessons From Galileo

Unit 3: Projectile Motion
Lesson 3 of 16

Objective: Students will utilize their understanding of Galileo's experiments to construct ideas about the motion of an angry bird in terms of time of flight, maximum height and range.

Big Idea: Galileo's experiments can be used to find mathematical expressions for the two dimensional motion of a projectile.

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Science, Physical Science, velocity (Physics), physics, range, Projectile Motion, maximum height
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