High School Physics - Mini Lab: Dropper Poppers

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Applicable to Physical Science, Physics, Honors Physics, and AP Physics classes.

This quantitative, inquiry-based laboratory exercise for high school physics or physical science classes is designed to measure the spring constant of a Dropper Popper by measuring values of both spring and gravitational potential energy. The exercise assumes that energy is conserved.

Dropper Poppers are sold by Educational Innovations and are a nice illustration of the conversion of spring potential energy into gravitational potential energy. This product is an excellent means of illustrating conservation of energy.

Instructor's Notes and a Student Worksheet are included.

This exercise covers portions of the following California State Science Standards:

Physics - Motion and Forces

Physics - Conversion of Energy and Momentum

Investigation and Experimentation

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David Schalek is an award winning, National Board Certified, high school physics and astronomy teacher with over twenty years experience. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in physics and astronomy from the University of Arizona, and he holds a Master of Arts in Teaching degree in physics from UCLA.

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Total Pages
3 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
30 minutes
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