Cannonball [Virtual Demonstration]

Grade Levels
7th - 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
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2 Student Pages & 2 Key Pages
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  1. This bundle opens with an activity that was conducted as a lab but was repurposed as a demonstration during remote teaching/distance learning (RT;DL). It's a station exploration of "Inertia in Action".Next up is "Clever Dumbbell," a classic inertia demonstration that challenges intuition.Another cla
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This is the classic physics thought experiment attributed to Galileo: What happens to a cannonball dropped from the mast of a moving ship?

Except here, we animate it. And in the 1960s, a talented crew reenacted and filmed it. The footage was included in Ztek's Physics: Cinema Classics.

The lesson here invites students to argue for various outcomes and then invest in one. After seeing the actual outcome, students are asked to describe how the demonstration could be modified to produce other outcomes.


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Instructional presentation (link embedded in answer key)

Answer key

Total Pages
2 Student Pages & 2 Key Pages
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