Education Technology

Conservation of Momentum Exploration

Published on 07/16/2011

Activity Overview

In this lesson, students will use a simulation to explore the concept of momentum, develop an understanding of how mass affects velocity, and ultimately the conservation of momentum.

Objectives

  • Students will use an animation to explore the concept of momentum.
  • Students will develop an understanding how mass affects velocity.
  • Students will compare the relationship between the mass of two objects and their velocities to further understand conservation of Momentum.

Vocabulary

  • mass
  • velocity
  • force
  • Newtons
  • momentum

About the Lesson

This lesson involves students animating two masses, observing their velocities, and comparing the products of the mass and velocity of each cart to one another.
As a result, students will:

  • Develop an understanding that the product of mass and velocity, i.e., momentum, for each cart is the same.