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Mousetrap Car Project: Conceptual Physics
A conceptual physics project where students will design and build a car powered only by the propulsion of one standard sized mousetrap. In addition to building and racing a mousetrap car, students will be required to understand the physics of their cars by taking measurements and calculating their c
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Conceptual Physics Refraction Tank Lab
Do you have Laser Refraction Tanks? I got mine from Arbor Scientific. They are great for my regular and AP physics classes. But what about a conceptual physics (or middle school) class that doesn't do the Snell's Law math?? In those classes, I like a lot of hands on activities ---- but I need a
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Radioactivity Practice - Nuclear Physics
I use these pages as supplemental work in my Conceptual Physics class along with chapter 39 of the Hewitt book. Each page has a completed example with explanation. 1. Naming Isotopes – Students use a periodic table to do these 3 things: * Determine the particles in the nucleus of a given isotop
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Two Stage Rocket Lab - Physics and Engineering
This two stage rocket lab is based on a Conceptual Physics Lab by Paul Hewitt. Students construct a "rocket" that will travel 4.0 m and then RETURN without intervention. They make use of all 3 laws of motion and can be creative in solving the problem. Why pay for this activity? I've included a
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Average Speed Practice Problems for 5 groups
These are very simple word problems that use the constant speed equation, v = d/t. The only unit conversions required are for time between minutes & hours. There are 5 versions of 3 problems on one page and a nice printable 1 page solution set for each version. This could be us
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Refraction Notes PowerPoint and Student Notes Sheet
This is a zipped file that includes an editable PowerPoint file with animation and a pdf of student notes to fill in. PLEASE make sure you know how to unzip a file before purchasing. =) I use this presentation and notes sheet for all of my physics classes. It includes everything I expect my Con
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Wave Speed Problems - Step by Step Worksheet
- simple problems to introduce wave speed calculations- students solve problems using the variables velocity, frequency, and wavelength- all metric units used in every problem...kilometer per hour, hertz, and meter- teach students to show their work step by step with columns for formula, work, and a
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Ray Diagram Practice - 2 Worksheets
This is two worksheets to practice ray diagrams for lenses. I use these in my Conceptual Physics classes and AP Physics. This will only work for you if your students refer to the 3 principle rays as "Ray 1, 2, & 3" Ray 1 goes in parallel to the principle axis and comes out lined up with a fo
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Physics: Solving Vectors Mini-Handbook
When I teach about vectors, I find that I often have to pull from a few different sources. Some methods for solving vectors such as using Trig functions and the Pythagorean theorem are found directly in regents review books, but in order to elevate my students' knowledge of vectors, I want them to b
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More Force Problems Using Newton's 2nd Law of Motion - Step by Step Worksheet
- simple problems to introduce force calculations using Newton's 2nd law of motion- students solve problems using the variables mass, acceleration, and force- all metric units used in every problem...kilograms, kilometers, and Newton-meters (Joules)- teach students to show their work step by step wi
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Lens Review Powerpoint
There are 40 questions about lenses & the images they form, then it goes through all the questions again with the answers. It is editable - swap out the questions you don't like. I originally made this powerpoint as a review for Chapter 30 in the Hewitt Conceptual Physics book. Groups of 3 st
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Electric Circuit Diagram Creator
How many times have you created a quiz, worksheet, or test on electric circuits and been forced to print the document and hand draw and label a diagram because Microsoft Word just won’t cooperate? Then, you either have to remember to scan the diagram and paste it in or if you want to reuse the docu
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Introductory Work Problems
Here are 10 Work-Force-Distance problems that have the students solve for each of the quantities in the equation. I use it with my pre-algebra freshman general science classes and conceptual physics class. Guidelines are provided on the worksheet for the first few problems and then the students ca
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Simple Machines - Notes & Problems
Topic: Simple Machines actual mechanical advantage, ideal mechanical advantage, work input, work output, and mechanical efficiency. This is an introductory lesson to introduce terms and equations before students perform labs. I use this with my freshman level general science and junior conceptual
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Simple Machines - Ramp Lab
This is a "low budget" simple machines lab that focuses on the Inclined Plane. Students will compare the advantage and efficiency of a shallow plane against a steeper plane. I use this lab with my freshman general science classes and junior conceptual physics classes after working through the Simp
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Work & Power Problems
Here are a variety of work and power problems for students either in pre-algebra or algebra 1; I use these with my freshmen general science and conceptual physics classes. Some problems have multiple parts in order to tie together the Work (W = F*d) and Power (P = W/t) equations with the occasional
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Ohm's Law Problems - Physics
This is a 1 page worksheet with 6 simple Ohm's Law Problems. Voltage = Current x Resistance Each problems provides two quantities & asks for the third. The directions say: EVERY solution should have 3 rows: Write the equation, Plug in the numbers, (& do math) Circle answer with uni
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Acceleration
Use this multimedia Flash PowerPoint presentation to introduce Acceleration to your class. The essential questions covered in this lesson include: What is acceleration? How is it calculated? and How can graphs be used to analyze an object's acceleration? Suitable for conceptual physics and Physical
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Physics of Color Review Powerpoint - 16  Mult Ch & True/False
This is a .pptx file with 16 questions. I use this with my clickers after Ch 28 in the Hewitt Conceptual Physics text book. You can see 12 of the 16 questions on the FREE preview file. The answers are in the NOTES part under each slide. I have included each original slide that I created with
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Power Lifting Lab
This is an activity for partners that I use for my freshman general science class and conceptual physics class. It could be used for more advanced middle school students. It focuses on Work and Power and has students consider the effect of time on their power output after doing the activity and so
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Magnetic Fields - Right Hand Rule - For any level of Physics
This is a pdf file. It includes: * A double-sided page of notes. Introduces notation for into and out of page. Gives conventions for first right hand rule with a flat hand: fingers are B-field lines, thumb is velocity of a positive charge, palm pushes the force. Practice problems determining t
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BUNDLE of LESSONS - Physics Problems from Speed to Heat -Step by Step Worksheets
- simple problems to introduce speed, acceleration, momentum, force, energy, work, power, and heat calculations- teach students to show their work step by step with columns for formula, work, and answer with units- teach students to set up word problems with ease- build student confidence- answer ke
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Kinetic and Potential Energy Problems - Step by Step Worksheet
- simple problems to introduce potential and kinetic energy calculations- teach students to show their work step by step with columns for formula, work, and answer with units- teach students to set up word problems with ease- build student confidence- answer keys always included- no need for calcula
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Super Fun Easy Worksheet 2, Introduction to Motion, Constant Motion
The first in a sequence of motion worksheets. Lots of clear "Milk Truck" diagrams to work off of. Great for applications of linear equations, much better than most word problems. Combines an analytical and conceptual approach to teach constant motion. By using diagrams, the students have a concr
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