Nailed [Virtual Demonstration]

The Lessons of Phyz
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7th - 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
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2 Student Pages & 2 Key Pages
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Massive iron cylinders are dropped onto nails partially driven into a block of wood. Some nails are driven deeper than others.

Conservation of energy guides thinking about what happens here. The included presentation features video from Ztek's Physics: Cinema Classics along with animations and illustrations created by me. Variations on the demonstration are pondered and discussed.

The presentation is how I would use this in class. I transformed the student document to a print-friendly Google Docs file on Google Drive during remote teaching/distance learning (RT;DL). This lesson is to be guided by the instructor.


Student document (print-friendly Google Docs file on Google Drive)

Instructional presentation with observations (link embedded in answer key)

Answer key

To add a quantitative element to this scenario, check out the "sequel" to this activity, "Nailed—With Numbers".

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2 Student Pages & 2 Key Pages
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