Driving question : How do you graph motion?

101010In this activity students record motion graphs. They are asked to walk in front of the Motion detector and a graph of distance vs. time is being plotted real-time on the computer or data-logger screen during their motion. Students are asked to interpret resulting graphs.

Topic: Motion in one direction,
Concepts: Motion Graphs, Position,
Grade level: Middle School (11-14 years),
Activity type: Data logging,
Sensors: Motion detector,
Interface requirements: Input for Motion Detector,

The Student Worksheet gives investigation instructions for students.

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The Teacher Notes includes teacher commentaries such as didactical approach, exemplary questions, assignments and data analysis.

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The Science Background describes the scientific principles that underlie the activity.

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