This activity worksheet hits a HOME RUN to support the standard MS-PS3-1!
(Also effective with Newton's 2nd Law.)
Have middle school students graph mass versus kinetic energy and then (separately) graph speed versus kinetic energy to visualize the relationships. Students then analyze their graphs for the relationship between mass and kinetic energy, and then for the relationship between speed and kinetic energy.
In part one, they are given the mass of several types of sports balls and asked to calculate and graph the kinetic energy they would have if they were all travelling at a constant speed.
In part two, they are told that a pitcher throws a baseball (constant mass) at different speeds and are asked to calculate and graph its kinetic energy at different speeds.
All of the mass (of the sports balls) and speeds (of a pitcher throwing) given are accurate and realistic.
The activity gives and uses the equation for KE, but it is easy math (plugging in numbers, if you will). This is not high school physics, and is totally appropriate for heterogeneous students in middle school science.
INCLUDES ANSWER KEY
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