Physics SEEd Resources

This collection contains recommended high school Physics SEEd lessons, activities, and other resources from the eMedia library.

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Amazing Rube Goldberg Machines - HS-PS2-2, HS-PS2-3
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Science Phenomena: HS Physical Science - Forces and Interactions (Phys 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.3, 2.4) - Rube Goldberg machines are named after American cartoonist Rube Goldberg who drew complicated steps involved in doing a fairly simple task (like pouring milk in a glass). Students can study these machines, or build their own, to show how energy can be converted through a series of interactions. In lower elementary classes they might be shown or built to show how pushes or pulls can change the motion of objects. As they move through school they should start to identify specific collisions, interactions, and conversions of energy.

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Physics
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Provider:
The Wonder of Science
Date Added:
10/24/2021
Amazing Slinky Tricks - HS-PS2-1
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Science Phenomena: HS Physical Science - Forces and Interactions (Phys 1.2, 4.1) - The Slinky was invented by Richard James, an engineer, who was working with springs to support and stabilize equipment on a ship. Simple slinky tricks show how forces (pushes and pulls) change the direction of an object. Students can design a set of stairs, or obstacles, that the Slinky can navigate. In the secondary science classroom it can be used to investigate inertia, oscillations, and Hooke's law. This phenomenon can also be used to investigate wave properties.

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Science
Physics
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Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
The Wonder of Science
Date Added:
10/24/2021
A Bed of Nails - HS-PS2-1
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Science Phenomena: HS Physical Science - Forces and Interactions - Special caution should be taken when sitting down or getting up from a bed of nails. In this video, Steve Spangler used a motor to lift the entire bed of nails up and down safely. Each of the nails is pushing on the participant but since there are so many nails the force is distributed safely between all of the nails. This demonstration could be used in any physics unit discussing forces and pressure.

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Science
Physics
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Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
The Wonder of Science
Date Added:
10/24/2021
Bending Light
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Explore bending of light between two media with different indices of refraction. See how changing from air to water to glass changes the bending angle. Play with prisms of different shapes and make rainbows.

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Science
Physics
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PhET Interactive Simulations University of Colorado Boulder
Author:
Emily Moore
Kathy Perkins
Noah Podolefsky
Sam Reid
Trish Loeblein
University of Colorado at Boulder
Date Added:
05/09/2011
Blackbody Spectrum
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How does the blackbody spectrum of the sun compare to visible light? Learn about the blackbody spectrum of Sirius A, the sun, a light bulb, and the earth. Adjust the temperature to see the wavelength and intensity of the spectrum change. View the color of the peak of the spectral curve. (Phys 3.3)

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Science
Physics
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Interactive
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PhET Interactive Simulations University of Colorado Boulder
Author:
Kathy Perkins
Michael Dubson
Wendy Adams
Date Added:
11/15/2007
Charges and Fields
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Arrange positive and negative charges in space and view the resulting electric field and electrostatic potential. Plot equipotential lines and discover their relationship to the electric field. Create models of dipoles, capacitors, and more!

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Science
Physics
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Interactive
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PhET Interactive Simulations University of Colorado Boulder
Author:
Michael Dubson
Date Added:
11/20/2008
Circuit Construction Kit: DC
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Experiment with an electronics kit! Build circuits with batteries, resistors, ideal and non-Ohmic light bulbs, fuses, and switches. Determine if everyday objects are conductors or insulators, and take measurements with an ammeter and voltmeter. View the circuit as a schematic diagram, or switch to a lifelike view.

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Science
Physics
Material Type:
Interactive
Provider:
PhET Interactive Simulations University of Colorado Boulder
Author:
Carl Wieman
Kathy Perkins
Michael Dubson
Sam Reid
Wendy Adams
Date Added:
06/15/2005
Collision Lab
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Investigate simple collisions in 1D and more complex collisions in 2D. Experiment with the number of balls, masses, and initial conditions. Vary the elasticity and see how the total momentum and kinetic energy change during collisions.

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Science
Physics
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Interactive
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PhET Interactive Simulations University of Colorado Boulder
Author:
Ariel Paul
Jon Olson
Kathy Perkins
Mike Dubson
Mindy Gratny
Sam Reid
Trish Loeblein
Date Added:
10/01/2010
Coulomb's Law
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Visualize the electrostatic force that two charges exert on each other. Observe how changing the sign and magnitude of the charges and the distance between them affects the electrostatic force.

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Science
Physics
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Interactive
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PhET Interactive Simulations University of Colorado Boulder
Author:
University of Colorado Boulder
Date Added:
12/04/2020
Daniel Kish Uses Echolocation to Navigate - HS-PS4-1
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Science Phenomena: HS Physical Science - Waves and Information - Daniel Kish lost his eyes to cancer before he was 13 months old. He uses echolocation by listening to the reflection of sound waves to navigate in 3D space. He can even ride a bicycle. In addition to being an incredible story of perseverance this is a perfect phenomenon for a unit on waves. Sound waves are reflected, absorbed, and transmitted through objects in the environment and Daniel can sense the changes in energy of the returning waves.

Subject:
Science
Physics
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
The Wonder of Science
Date Added:
10/08/2021
Earthships - HS-PS3-3, HS-PS3-4
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Science Phenomena: HS Physical Science - Energy (Phys 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5) - An Earthship is a passive solar house that is designed to be off the electrical grid. It is generally constructed with natural and recycled materials. Much of the structure of the house is made with recycled tires that are filled with dirt. Thermal mass from the dirt, solar energy from the Sun, and cross-ventilation are used to keep the temperature within the house in a comfortable zone. This phenomenon can be used study thermal energy transfer, energy conservation, and human sustainability.

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Science
Physics
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Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
The Wonder of Science
Date Added:
10/24/2021
Energy Skate Park
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Learn about the conservation of energy at the skate park! Build tracks, ramps, and jumps for the skater. View the skater's kinetic energy, potential energy, and thermal energy as they move along the track. Measure the speed and adjust the friction, gravity, and mass.

Subject:
Science
Physics
Material Type:
Interactive
Provider:
PhET Interactive Simulations University of Colorado Boulder
Author:
Carl Wieman
Danielle Harlow
Kathy Perkins
Michael
Michael Dubson
Sam Reid
Trish Loeblein
Wendy Adams
Date Added:
10/03/2006
Energy Skate Park: Basics
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Learn about conservation of energy with a skater gal! Explore different tracks and view the kinetic energy, potential energy and friction as she moves. Build your own tracks, ramps, and jumps for the skater.

Subject:
Science
Physics
Material Type:
Interactive
Provider:
PhET Interactive Simulations University of Colorado Boulder
Author:
Ariel Paul
Emily B Moore
Katherine Perkins
Noah Podolefsky
Sam Reid
Trish Loeblein
Date Added:
01/31/2012
Forces and Motion: Basics
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Explore the forces at work when pulling against a cart, and pushing a refrigerator, crate, or person. Create an applied force and see how it makes objects move. Change friction and see how it affects the motion of objects.

Subject:
Science
Physics
Material Type:
Interactive
Provider:
PhET Interactive Simulations University of Colorado Boulder
Author:
Ariel Paul
Kathy Perkins
Noah Podolefsky
Sam Reid
Trish Loeblein
Date Added:
10/24/2012
Giant NewtonÕs Cradle - HS-PS2-2, HS-PS2-3
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Science Phenomena: HS Physical Science - Forces and Interactions - The coupled pendulum can be created with either string or a spring connecting the two pendulums. With each swing energy is transferred from one pendulum to the other. If the pendulums both have the same length one pendulum comes to a complete stop before alternating motion. This phenomenon can be used to show balanced and unbalanced forces, how motion can be used to predict future motion, and the conservation of energy.

Subject:
Science
Physics
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Provider:
The Wonder of Science
Date Added:
10/24/2021
Gravity Force Lab
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Visualize the gravitational force that two objects exert on each other. Adjust properties of the objects to see how changing the properties affects the gravitational attraction. (Phys 3.1, 3.3, 3.4)

Subject:
Science
Physics
Material Type:
Interactive
Provider:
PhET Interactive Simulations University of Colorado Boulder
Author:
Carl Wieman
Noah Podolefsky
Sam Reid
Trish Loeblein
Date Added:
11/12/2010
Gravity Force Lab: Basics
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Visualize the gravitational force that two objects exert on each other. Discover the factors that affect gravitational attraction, and determine how adjusting these factors will change the gravitational force. (Phys 3.3)

Subject:
Science
Physics
Material Type:
Interactive
Provider:
PhET Interactive Simulations University of Colorado Boulder
Date Added:
10/24/2021