Showing posts with label physics lessons. Show all posts
Showing posts with label physics lessons. Show all posts

Monday, March 11, 2019

The Science of Surfing

The Physics of Surfing is a new TED-Ed lesson that was released this morning. The short lesson explains how waves are formed, why they get bigger as they approach shore, and the geological influences that make waves bigger in some areas than others. The lesson also covers how surfboard shapes affect the way surfers ride on waves. The complete lesson is available here.


A few related lessons are found in Football Physics, the Physics of Skiing, and the Science of Baseball.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Measure the Speed of Light With a Chocolate Bar and Microwave

A few years ago I wrote about Jefferson Lab's YouTube channel that includes a playlist titled Frostbite Theater.  Since the last time that I watched Frostbite Theater the playlist has expanded to 68 videos. The videos offer short lessons on chemistry and physics topics.

One of the Jefferson Lab videos that I watched this evening is titled Measure the Speed of Light - With Chocolate! The three minute video is a demonstration of an experiment in which students use a chocolate bar and a microwave to attempt to measure the speed of light. As Jefferson Lab pointed out in the comments, the experiment could also be used to attempt to confirm the microwave's frequency. The video is embedded below.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Usain Bolt vs. Gravity - One Minute Physics Lesson

Minute Physics is a neat YouTube channel that provides short physics lessons (most of them are actually longer than a minute). This morning on Minute Physics I found a short video that could be used at the start of a lesson on gravity and acceleration. In Usain Bolt vs. Gravity viewers learn why Usain Bolt could run ten meters faster than a diver can fall ten meters, but after that the diver wins. The video is embedded below.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Games for Teaching Students About Balance and Stability

Rumble Blocks and Beanstalk are educational games developed and produced by DARPA's Engage Program. The games are designed for elementary school students to play to learn about and reinforce the concepts of balance and stability.

In Rumble Blocks students build towers by moving and placing a series of blocks. The object of the game is to build a tower that is tall enough and stable enough to support a "friendly alien's" spaceship.

In Beanstalk students balance flowers and bugs on a plank that is supported by a beanstalk. The better students get at balancing the plank, the taller the beanstalk grows.

Applications for Education
Rumble Blocks and Beanstalk are simple games that can be used to reinforce the principles taught in the hands-on lessons on which the games are based. Get the Rumble Blocks lesson plan here. Click here for the Beanstalk lesson plan.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Sport Science - The Physics of Archery

I trained in archery at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California as a teenager and have three friends that competed in the Olympics in archery in 1996, 2000, 2004, and 2008. Therefore, archery is the Olympic Games event that I will be watching the closest this summer. ESPN Sport Science has released a new episode featuring the current top ranked archer in the world. The video does a nice job of explaining the physics and mathematics of archery. The video also gives a brief mention to the bio-mechanics of archery. Watch the video below.


Applications for Education
I know of some schools that have an archery component in their physical education courses. Sport Science: Archery could be a good video to use to connect physical education with mathematics and science. 

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Learn About Physics Through the Circus

In 2010 PBS aired a short series called Circus. Circus was a documentary about the Big Apple Circus. The show took viewers behind the scenes of a traveling circus production. All six of the episodes are currently available to watch online. Today, through a Tweet by Danny Nicholson I learned that the Circus website offers some short circus-based physics lessons.

Circus Physics is a series of eight short videos. Each of the videos features a circus act that demonstrates a basic principle of physics. Each video clip is accompanied by text and image explanations. I've embedded the Newton's Laws of Motion video below.