Help physics students better understanding motion and direction values in two dimensions by trying trigonometry. The Concept Comparison Frame contrasts sine, cosine, and tangent so students can use SOHCAHTOA to solve for a right triangle resultant of velocity vectors. Physics students practice identifying components, solving for a missing side, and finding an angle measurement.
The Concept Comparison Routine is used help compare and contrast key concepts. Specifically, students use like and unlike characteristics and categories shared and not shared by two or more concepts to better understand the overall concept. Students taught using the Content Enhancement routines earned higher total test scores than did students taught using the lecture-discussion method.
Personally, I use the Concept Comparison to figure out what I want to say and how I want to say it. It keeps my "Sage on the Stage" time limited to what fits onto 2-3 pages (about 45 minutes of directed class discussion).
This product includes both the completed concept comparison, and the student guide blanked except for vocabulary, scaffolding questions, and graphics already filled in. It includes warm ups, worksheets, and recommended videos for review, and it's is in Microsoft Word .doc form so that Ts can customize the discussion to fit the needs of their Ss.
This Content Enhancement Routine is classroom tested to help students with the following Florida Next Generation Sunshine State Standards in Science.
☀ SC.912.P.12.1 Distinguish between scalar and vector quantities and assess which should be used to describe an event.
☀ SC.912.P.12.2 Analyze the motion of an object in terms of its position, velocity, and acceleration (with respect to a frame of reference) as functions of time.
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