Students will use the tools of integral calculus to investigate the motion of a freely falling object, which is governed by both acceleration due to gravity and air resistance. (See "Before the Activity")
Before the Activity
Students are ready for this activity after they have had some experience solving simple differential equations.
See the attached Activity PDF file(s) for detailed instructions for this activity.
During the Activity
Follow the procedures outlined in the activity.
Be able to solve simple differential equations.
Understand the math of free fall.
After the Activity
Review student results
As a class, discuss questions that appeared to be more challenging
Re-teach concepts as necessary