Force Unit Student Extensions
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Possible Force Extensions... actually anything is possible!
Create and film an experiment in which you demonstrate the movement of a 1 kg object that is accelerating at 1 m/s^2. Describe any variables that would impact the accuracy of the demonstration and discuss what you have done to limit the impact of those variables.
Find a video of an accelerating object on youtube. Estimate the forces that must be involved and create a free body diagram to represent the objects acceleration. You may complete this extension using google draw, slides, or both. You may also share your findings using screencastify (download the extension from the chrome web store).
Create a google slides presentation that discusses the key similarities and differences between normal force and tension force. Use the extension screencastify (get it here) to record your screen and voice while talking through your presentation.
Calculate your gravitational force (weight) in newtons on every planet in our solar system. If you do not want to use your own weight you may choose random objects instead. Convert newtons to lbs and share your work in a creative infographic (Image). If it is extraordinary work we will turn it into a poster to be kept in the classroom for the year.
Design and carry out an experiment that fairly compares the friction forces involved in three different surfaces. Be mindful of the many variables that must be kept constant in order to keep the experiment fair. Share your findings by creating force diagrams to demonstrate the results of your experiment.
Develop a lab using a scale and several stationary objects to calculate the normal forces acting on objects. Document your lab using images, video, or Google Docs to share your findings.
Compare and contrast magnetic fields, electric fields, and gravitational fields. Be sure to emphasize the similarities between the fields.
Use this website to inform yourself about NASA's GRACE project. Then write a summary and explanation of the project and why it is important!
Finish this story. Once upon a time I was floating in space with my lucky penny. I let go of my Penny and it was floating next to me just out of reach... (Finish the story using an accurate description of gravity and gravitational field strength)
Write an analogy (be creative) to help others understand the concept of fields.
Mathematically demonstrate how the mass of an object (choose your object and mass) is proportional to it's weight on every planet in the solar system.
Use this link to find the surface gravity of the other planets in our solar system. Share your findings in a manner that can be posted to this website.
Create a screencast (Using screencastify) that uses resources from the internet and your voice to explain the impact that unbalanced net force has on acceleration. Try to use multiple reliable resources to help you explain the concept.
Develop a execute a creative lab where you investigate the relationship between Force, Mass, and Acceleration using real world items (We suggest using a rolling object so you can eliminate friction from your experiment)
Create a real world scenario that involves forces acting on a real world object. Video yourself talking about the forces acting on the object and then create a free body diagram on a whiteboard (or the paper) in the video.
Create Free Body Diagrams with values. Demonstrate how F=ma could be used to find the unknown value when given two of the three variables
Create a funny comic that is based around interactions between objects. Within the funny comic, label the force vectors involved in the scenario. Take a picture of your comic and post it to our extensions page!
Use Google Draw to create three free body diagrams (One accelerating object, One object at constant velocity, One object that isn't moving at all). Dress up your work with awesome images to represent your scenarios!