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Bell Ringer: Impulse

Activity Overview

Students observe a force-versus-time graph to determine how the force and time interval affect the impulse on an object.

Key Steps

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    Students explore the relationship between force, time, and impulse.


    They first study a graph of the force applied to an object over a period of time. They vary the force and time interval and observe the effects.

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    Then, they calculate the total impulse on the object using the integral measurement tool.

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    Finally, they explore a simulation of a person in a car collision. They vary the time interval over which the person decelerates and determine the total force acting on her body under different conditions.