Tag Archives: BFPM

Day 18: Free Body Diagram Gallery Walk

In the past, BFPM has been a bit of a morass for us—we’ve sometimes spent 4 weeks on all the stuff in this unit. This year, our goal is to clear it in less than 3 weeks, and hopefully closer … Continue reading

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Day 17: Best class ever

I wrote about it a ton on my main blog, but today was a pretty special day in my honors physics class. My students blew me away with their ability to run a physics discussion and think deeply about some … Continue reading

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Day 16: Agreeing on FBDs

This has never happened before, but when working on Matt Greenwolfe’s box pushing activity, students started drawing Free Body Diagrams and then they just got into a spontaneous conversation about the best way to represent forces in the diagram (I … Continue reading

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Day 29: Parallel and Normal Force

We got out the 2 axis force plate to take on this free body diagram: Many students wanted to say that the normal force was equal to the gravitational force. It was pretty easy to put a bloc loaded with … Continue reading

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Day 16: Racing fan cart vs hoverpuck

We’re introducing balanced forces and playing with the hoverpuck. Students also wanted to see how the motion of the hover puck compared to something experiencing a constant force, so we raced it against the fan cart.

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Day 14: Malletball is a hit

Mallet Ball was a ton of fun. It turns out all it took was adding a few rules, laying down a course, and making it a game to transform a somewhat dull worksheet into a real adventure. After a few … Continue reading

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Day 11: Broomball plans

Today at our weekly physics meeting, Mark, Piper and I developed plans for completely transforming how we are going to introduce students to forces using the broom mallet ball activity. We’ve laid out a course in the physics lab that … Continue reading

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