Potential and Kinetic Energy Lab | A Projectile Motion Experiment

Potential and Kinetic Energy Lab | A Projectile Motion Experiment
Potential and Kinetic Energy Lab | A Projectile Motion Experiment
Potential and Kinetic Energy Lab | A Projectile Motion Experiment
Potential and Kinetic Energy Lab | A Projectile Motion Experiment
Potential and Kinetic Energy Lab | A Projectile Motion Experiment
Potential and Kinetic Energy Lab | A Projectile Motion Experiment
Potential and Kinetic Energy Lab | A Projectile Motion Experiment
Potential and Kinetic Energy Lab | A Projectile Motion Experiment
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In this experiment, students build a paper ramp and use it to launch marbles off a table. Using a foil landing pad, students can determine where the marble lands and relate the distance traveled to the height on the ramp. Throughout the investigation, students relate their findings to the marble’s kinetic and potential energies. Extension studies encourage students to compare the angle of the ramp with the height of the marble and to connect these variables to the distance the marble flies.

PLEASE NOTE: this experiment is part of the unit bundle sold in my shop: Force, Motion, & Energy Bundle—Video and Written Instructions 

Concepts Addressed
• Gravitational potential energy is related to kinetic energy of a falling object.
• A thrown object makes a parabolic path.
• Vertical freefall can translate into horizontal speed when a ramp is involved.

Materials Needed
marbles, cardstock, foil

Answer Key
Extensive teacher notes address the many questions that come up. You shouldn’t have to do outside research on this topic unless you want to.

Time Required
This lab takes about 30 mins, but with extensions can take longer.

Student Sheets
• Scaffolded writing prompts & lab reporting

Other resources
Click here to see companion curricular pieces:
Activities on Motion (Newton's Laws)
Complete unit bundle on Force and Motion:
Force, Motion, & Energy Bundle—Video and Written Instructions

NGSS
MS-PS3-5

Virginia VA SOL
PS.6 a

Texas TEKS
Grade 6: 8A, B
Grade 8: 6A

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7 pages
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Teaching Duration
30 minutes
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