A Question of Balance [PhET]

The Lessons of Phyz
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7th - 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education
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3 Student Pages & 3 Key Pages
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  1. The bundle opens with a guided classroom discussion on "A New Kind of Motion": rotation. It's fundamentally different from linear motion."A Question of Balance" is a PhET-fueled lab activity that sets and applies the conditions for balance using the Balancing Act sim. It's a nice precursor to an in-
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Develop and apply a mathematical relationship for balance on a simple seesaw using PhET's Balancing Act. The condition of balance it built methodically then applied to new situations. Group-specific unknowns can be assigned, which is a nice touch when students are a bit eager to share during the activity.

This is a productive precursor to an in-class, hands-on balanced torques lab (commonly done with meterstick see-saws, fulcrums, mass hangers, etc.). Students see the connection from the simulation to the real-world version.


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3 Student Pages & 3 Key Pages
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