Kinetic and Potential Energy Lab

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★ ★ Kinetic and Potential Energy Lab ★ ★

The purpose of this "lab" activity is to evaluate kinetic and potential changes in a bouncing tennis ball, golf ball, and ping-pong ball. About This Activity:
The three page lab prompts students to create a hypothesis, follow procedures, record data, answer analysis questions, and write a conclusion.

This mini-lab activity is organized for the middle school students to focus on compiling data, applying learned vocabulary(Kinetic Energy & Potential Energy) in the short analysis section, and writing a conclusion.

An optional feature of the lab may be for students to record results using an iPad "slo-mo", slow motion, feature to achieve more accurate observations of the rebound height of the balls.

Included In This Product:
♦Teacher Guide (2 pages)
♦Lab Version #1 (3 pages): lists the featured three objects to drop: tennis ball, golf ball, and ping pong ball.
♦Lab Version #2 (3 pages): has blank spaces for three chosen objects to be used. This allows for student-choice to choose sports balls such as baseballs, basketballs, soccerballs, softballs, bouncyballs, etc. etc.
♦Technology Tips Handout (1 page): to review the features of recording in slow motion on an iPad or iPhone when/if using technology with this lab.

Additional lab materials needed include:
♦ this lab report
♦ tennis ball, golf ball, ping pong ball, meter stick, and calculator (1 of each per lab group.. the smaller the lab group the better if you have the materials available).
♦OR three sports balls of your choice (baseball, softball, soccer ball, basketball, etc.)

Activity Procedures:
Student partners will take turns hold a meter stick vertically, dropping a tennis ball, and observing/measuring the height of the rebound. The students will complete three trials of each item and calculate the average.

♦ ruler graphics were purchased from Zip A Dee Doo Dah Designs.
♦ sports graphics were purchased from The Learning Site.
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