Physics of Everyday
This is a one-week, context-based course, developed for elementary school students, grades 3-5. The course includes a series of hands-on, experiential learning workshops that cover topics such as Newton’s laws of motion, gravity, forces, momentum, and energy. The course is taught in the context of sports, and every-day life phenomena. We will discuss topics such as the physics of basketball, baseball, ice skating, swimming, cheerleading and tug of war. We will also take a closer look at the physics of bridges, roller coasters, and falling objects. Each day we will discuss a new concept in physics, followed by work with computer simulation and hands-on measurements.
Some specific examples we may investigate include:
-Recording the trajectory of a basketball and analyzing the video to see how far does the basketball go depending on the angle at which it was thrown.
-Experiencing the angular momentum of a spinning object on a rotating table. “Does the skater move faster or slower with arms open/close?
-How do the forces distribute while making a human tower in cheerleading?
-Measuring the real forces involved in balancing a bridge using spring scales.
-Measuring the speed of an object in free fall using video analysis.
-Plotting the speed as a function of time using data analysis software.
Lunch is not provided, but add-on is available.
|July 20 – 24||1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.|
|July 27 – 31||1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.|
What to Pack
- A water bottle
- This course is run by a Pingry faculty member or adjunct teacher.