Hooke's Law and the Spring Constant a PBL Activity Plus Practice Math Sheets

Hooke's Law and the Spring Constant a PBL Activity Plus Practice Math Sheets
Hooke's Law and the Spring Constant a PBL Activity Plus Practice Math Sheets
Hooke's Law and the Spring Constant a PBL Activity Plus Practice Math Sheets
Hooke's Law and the Spring Constant a PBL Activity Plus Practice Math Sheets
Hooke's Law and the Spring Constant a PBL Activity Plus Practice Math Sheets
Hooke's Law and the Spring Constant a PBL Activity Plus Practice Math Sheets
Hooke's Law and the Spring Constant a PBL Activity Plus Practice Math Sheets
Hooke's Law and the Spring Constant a PBL Activity Plus Practice Math Sheets
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1 Student Information Sheet
3 Math Sheets (24 questions total) with Answer Keys
Two Versions of one Problem Based Learning Project: Design a game that incorporates a rubber band shooter.

All of the project pieces are independent. Give some students math, while others work on the project!

In this download you will find an information sheet for students. I like to make one class set – laminate it and use it all day and then save for the next year, but you could size it down to 71% and it will easily fit into a composition book for interactive notebooks, or hole punch it for science binders.

Three math sheets accompany the student information page. Please do not feel you have to give all three out. Each page is more difficult and some student may only be able to complete the first page. Differentiate by giving 1, 2 or all three pages out to keep students challenged. Have them complete the pages in groups, cut the questions apart to make them challenge cards or uses them with your own worksheets as homework, additional work, or assessments. Answer keys are provided for the math pages.

The problem based learning activity is differentiated into two levels. You can further differentiate by having students only test one rubber band each and then share their data with each other.

The C activity is harder and provides less direction and more math.

The M activity is not as difficult and omits distance testing, EPE and velocity mathematics.

TIPS:
I make the shooters for my students. They are incredibly simple to make. Take a 1in board maybe 5in x 5in and drill 3 screws into it near one edge. The screws should not be more than 2inches apart. Place a rubber band around the screws. The shooters work well with soda bottle caps.

Adding weight to the rubber band is difficult when you do not have
a set of weights in your classroom. Not to worry! Anything can be
hung from the rubber band as weight. Use paperclips to attach
odd objects as weight.

In activity M the students are instructed to use an empty soda
can and water to add weight. This makes the experimental
part of the activity very simple. Let the students who are
able brainstorm their own way to add the weight.

When students measure on a digital scale the mass is
almost always in grams. Remind students constantly
to convert to Kg by dividing by 1000. This is easily
forgotten.

During the distance testing in activity C students often over displace their rubber band. Encourage them to mark the 0.02m mark (2cm) so that they draw to the same place each time. If their shooter is shooting several meters it is most likely being over stretched.

EXTENSTIONS!
One group is done before the others? Ask them to investigate
1: how the shooter changes with different mass projectiles. Adding washers to the bottle cap works well.
2: what angle is best for hitting a target on the ground. The target could be a circle on a paper, but it could also be a plastic cup, a wooden tower another exciting idea. Students would need to not only test and measure angles, but also determine how best to set their shooter at a consistent angle without tilting.

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