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Watt's The Deal?

Students use the CBL to collect data on the brightness of different light bulbs and associate these values with the watt ratings for each bulb. Then they will graph the data and compute the rate of change.
Alignment :   Standards  Textbook
  • 6-8
  • TI-73 Explorer™
9014

JASON: Does Oxygen in the Water Matter

JASON Aquatic Field Study: Explore how dissolved oxygen is one of the best indicators of the health of an aquatic ecosystem. Measure the dissolved oxygen level of a local aquatic site and explore how it affects water quality.
Alignment :   Standards  Textbook
  • 6-8
  • TI-73 Explorer™
4771

Guided Video Organizer - Harvest

This activity uses the TI/CBS produced show NUMB3RS episode Harvest to create a mathematical learning environment with an associated lesson and a newly created Guided Video Organizer (GVO) to upload at this link.
Alignment :   Standards  Textbook
  • 6-8
  • 9-12
  • TI-73 Explorer™
  • TI-83 Plus Family
4862

Science Jeopardy

Students will play a familar Jeopardy game to review science skills.
Alignment :   Standards  Textbook
  • 6-8
  • TI-73 Explorer™
  • TI-Navigator™
4768

NASA - Weightless Wonder - Reduced Gravity Flight

Students examine the physics behind NASA astronauts participating in a C-9 flight simulating microgravity.
Alignment :   Standards  Textbook
  • 9-12
  • TI-Nspire™ CX
  • TI-Nspire™ CX CAS
  • TI-Nspire™
  • TI-Nspire™ CAS
399

Resolving Vectors

Students observe the relationship between a vector and its x- and y-components.
Alignment :   Standards  Textbook
  • 9-12
  • TI-Nspire™
  • TI-Nspire™ CAS
4212

Using CBR in Egg Drop Competition

Egg drop competition is a popular activity to reinforce the lessons in force and motion. In the activity, the students are asked to design a vehicle to carry the egg safely when dropped from a height of 10 feet (about 3 m) or more.
Real-time and concrete data collected and analyzed during the design process of the vehicle can help the students think critically. The activity is both fun and self-motivating for the students.
Alignment :   Standards  Textbook
  • 6-8
  • 9-12
  • TI-83 Plus Family
47

Work and Power

Students explore the relationship between power, work, and time. They also explore the relationship between power, force, and speed. Based on these explorations, students derive the equation P = Fv and solve problems dealing with power in various mechanical problems.
Alignment :   Standards  Textbook
  • 9-12
  • TI-Nspire™
  • TI-Nspire™ CAS
4199

Simple Harmonic Motion

Students collect data on the motion of a simple pendulum. They then graph the acceleration of the pendulum vs. its displacement to show that the displacement of the pendulum is directly proportional to the force acting on it. They use this information to confirm that the motion of the pendulum fulfills the requirements of simple harmonic motion.
Alignment :   Standards  Textbook
  • 9-12
  • TI-Nspire™
  • TI-Nspire™ CAS
4479

The Period of a Pendulum

Students will use a simulated pendulum to collect data on length and period. Then, they will develop mathematical models of the relationship between the length of a pendulum and its period. They will confirm that the relationship is nonlinear and that period is directly proportional to the square root of length.
Alignment :   Standards  Textbook
  • 9-12
  • TI-Nspire™
  • TI-Nspire™ CAS
4459

Takeoff of an Airplane

Students investigate the acceleration data for a taxiing Boeing 737 to calculate the velocity of the plane as it taxies down the runway.
Alignment :   Standards  Textbook
  • 9-12
  • TI-Nspire™
  • TI-Nspire™ CAS
4591

Sound Intensity

Students investigate the relationship between sound intensity and distance for a commercial loudspeaker. They use collected data to identify a mathematical model for the relationship. They then compare this model with the inverse square law for an ideal point source.
Alignment :   Standards  Textbook
  • 9-12
  • TI-Nspire™
  • TI-Nspire™ CAS
4103

Studying Wave Phenomena with "WaveSim"

This is a program allowing teacher/student to interactively and graphically investigate a variety of wave concepts commonly studied in physics: traveling waves, standing waves, beats, Doppler effect, two-point source interference, Fourier wave forms, reflection and refraction, amplitude modulation, and attenuation.
Alignment :   Standards  Textbook
  • 9-12
  • College
  • TI-89 / TI-89 Titanium
136

Bending Light

In this activity, students explore the refraction of a single light ray. They begin by exploring light traveling from a less dense medium into a denser medium. They use a numerical approach to establish a relationship between the angle of incidence and the angle of refraction. Then, students explore refraction when the light ray travels from the denser medium to the less dense medium. Students check to see if their relationship still holds and determine the critical angle.
Alignment :   Standards  Textbook
  • 9-12
  • TI-Nspire™
  • TI-Nspire™ CAS
4137

Capacitors

Students explore the characteristics of capacitors. The activity begins with a look at the movement of charge in a parallel-plate capacitor and the effect of voltage on charge. Following the definition of capacitance, students explore how plate area, plate separation, and dielectrics affect capacitance. The activity ends with an investigation of the rate of discharge of a capacitor in an RC circuit.
Alignment :   Standards  Textbook
  • 9-12
  • TI-Nspire™
  • TI-Nspire™ CAS
4623

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