Velocity and Acceleration Lab
The Urban Assembly School of Criminal Justice for Young Women, Brooklyn
Summer Research Program for Science Teachers
Subject: Regents/General/Conceptual Physics
Grade Level: Can be scaled down to 7th grade or up to 11th grade
Time Frame: 2 periods or 1 block period
Objective: Using the initial and final velocities of a marble down a ramp, students will be able to calculate the acceleration of the marble.
Motivation: Frame the activity as a competition to construct a ramp that will land a marble two feet away from the edge of a table into a wastebasket.
Materials: (Per Group of 3-4 Students)
Do Now: Explain how to find velocity and acceleration.
Activity: Explain that given the materials provided, students must construct a ramp that will land a marble two feet away from the edge of a table into a wastebasket. After students have completed this, using the materials provided students must calculate initial and final velocities of the marble to determine the acceleration on their ramp.
New York State Learning Standards:
5.1d An object in linear motion may travel with a constant velocity* or with acceleration*.