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Physics/Math/Physical science activities for
Professional development of
8^{th} Grade Teachers
Activities are listed under the state’s 8^{th}grade standards.
85.1 Use measurement and timedistance graphs to represent the motion of an
object in terms of position, direction, or speed.
Taxonomy level:
3.2B Apply Conceptual Knowledge
1.
Generating and handplotting distance VS. Time
data, and obtaining speed from the slope.
2.
Use of Excel to plot the above data using a PC.
3. Interpretation of motion graphs.
4.
Use of motion sensors to generate motion graphs.
85.2 Use the formula for average speed,
v=d/t,
to solve real world problems.
Taxonomy level:
3.2B Apply Conceptual Knowledge
1.
Use of Google map to obtain distance and time data for trips, and calculate the
average speed.
2.
Use of meter stick and watch to calculating the average speed for walking,
running, and jogging.
3.
Use of odometer reading and time interval to calculate average speed for a car
ride.
86.3. Summarize factors that influence the basic properties of waves (including
frequency, amplitude, wavelength, and speed).
Taxonomy level: 2.4B Understand Conceptual Knowledge
1.
Use of the following website/applet to measure
frequency and wavelength of wave.
http://amazingspace.stsci.edu/resources/explorations/light/makewavesframes.html
2.
Use of the following website to illustrate
electromagnetic spectrum.
http://amazingspace.stsci.edu/resources/explorations/light/emsframes.html
http://hyperphysics.phyastr.gsu.edu/hbase/phyopt/grating.html#c1
86.4 Summarize the behaviors of waves (including refraction, reflection,
transmission,
and absorption).
Taxonomy level:
2.4B Understand Conceptual Knowledge
1.
Handson activities where each teacher will take home the items used:
a.
Use of plane mirror, pins, paper, protractor, and cardboard to investigate
reflection of light.
b. Use of semicircular container, pins, water, paper, protractor, and cardboard to investigate refraction of light.
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