A simple lab to test how the speed of a marble changes as the height/slope of a ramp is increased. As students raise the ramp, they will notice the speed of the marble increases. Students will need to calculate their results, create a distance-time graph to represent their data, and write a conclusion of their results.
Materials needed: marble (or ball), stop watch, ramp (I use Hot Wheels track), meter stick.
Main topics: calculating speed, graphing distance vs. time, interpreting graph and lab results.
Quick, easy, and effective in demonstrating and practicing speed. Great for middle school or introductory high school courses.
If you like this lab, you can follow these links to other lessons and activities in my motion and forces units.
Motion PowerPoint Presentation
Acceleration PowerPoint Presentation
The Nature of Force PowerPoint Presentation
Friction, Gravity, and Elastic Forces PowerPoint Presentation
Newton's Laws PowerPoint Presentation
Changing Speed: Coffee Filter Racing Experiment!
Inertia Lab: Testing Newtons First Law of Motion
Bowling for Forces: Testing Newtons Second Law
Balloon Powered Race Cars: Testing Newtons Laws of Motion
Paper Airplane Lab: Gravity and Air Resistance
Motion Review Worksheet: Distance Time Graphs
Speed and Velocity Review Worksheet
Motion Review Worksheet: Speed Time Graphs
Motion Review Worksheet: Speed Problems
Forces Review Worksheet: Describing Forces
Forces Review Worksheet: Identifying Forces
Forces Review Worksheet: Forces at Work