Investigating Motion

In these activities, students investigate how a range of different objects (including themselves) move.

Space_Shuttle_Atlantis_launches_on_STS-132The Space Shuttle

This worksheet explains how to use Excel to process data and to draw graphs. Students draw a velocity vs time graph for the Space Shuttle’s 8-minute ascent into space.
Space Shuttle Speed vs Time graph of Launch to MECO (student example) (pdf)
Space Shuttle Launch Timeline And Graph Worksheet 
(pdf)
Space Shuttle Launch Timeline And Graph Raw Data
(This is an MS Excel document with the Space Shuttle’s ascent data already typed in.)

You can, of course, just use the data to draw a graph on paper as well!!


Usain_Bolt_2007-2_photo_by_Phil_McElhinneyAnalyzing Usain Bolt’s 100-metre Sprint

Graphing and Analysing Usain Bolt’s 2008 World Record 100m Sprint (pdf)
This activity asks students to analyze (or analyse) Usain Bolt’s 2008 world-record 100m sprint.
Graphing Usain Bolt 2008 WR 100m Sprint (Excel Document)
(Photo by Phil McElhinney)


Spiro_Liacos_Sprinting_100_metres-Start_of_RaceAnalyzing Your Own 100-metre Sprint

This activity blends Physics and PE. Five- or ten-metre-interval split times are recorded for a sprinter running a 100-metre race.

Spiro_Liacos_Sprinting_100_metresGraphing Motion Practical Activity: Analysing a 100m Sprint (at 10-metre Intervals) (pdf)

Graphing Motion Practical Activity: Analysing a 100m Sprint (at 5-metre Intervals) (pdf)

 


10-metre_soccer_kick-Spiro_Liacos

How Fast Can You Kick a Ball?

This activity also blends Physics and PE. A ball is kicked (or thrown) 10 metres. The action is recorded and the video file is analysed using Quicktime.
Calculating Throwing and Kicking Speed


Falling_Golf_Ball_(every_point_04_of_a_second)At What Rate Does a Falling Golf Ball Accelerate?

This activity also requires the use of Quicktime. A ball is dropped, the motion is recorded and the video file is analysed. Don’t forget to Include a metre-ruler in the shot!

Most cameras that take videos record at 30 frames per second, but in Australia, the UK and many other places actual video cameras record at 25 frames per second. You therefore need to select the activity sheet that suits your camera.
Vertical Motion: Analysing the Motion of a Falling Golf Ball (30 frames per second)

Vertical Motion: Analysing the Motion of a Falling Golf Ball (25 frames per second)

Projectile Motion: Oblique Projection (30 frames per second) This activity is similar to the Vertical Motion activity above but is more advanced.


Ticker Timer and TrolleyTicker Timers: An Introduction

This activity, as the name suggests, introduces students to ticker timers.

Ticker Timers: An Introduction

 


Acceleration_of_a_1kg_mass_taped_to_a_ticker_timerHow Quickly Does a Falling 1kg Mass Accelerate?

In this activity, students calculate the acceleration of a falling object.

Acceleration Due To Gravity: Ticker Timers

 

 

 

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