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With the FlinnPREP™ Inquiry Lab for AP® Physics 1: Conservation of Linear Momentum, students explore the laws that govern collisions and the conservation of momentum.
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AP Physics 1, Big Idea 4, Investigation 8
Collisions happen everywhere, from the sports field to the expressway. In this lab, students will explore the laws that govern collisions and the conservation of momentum.
An introductory activity familiarizes students with collisions by rolling steel balls into each other at various speeds on an aluminum track. This activity will give students a qualitative understanding of how momentum is conserved. The guided-inquiry activity challenges students to design a procedure to explore momentum conservation in a more quantitative manner. For example, students may use an air track, gliders and photogate timers to assess pre- and post-collision speeds of gliders of variable mass. Alternatively, students may use a stopwatch with the aluminum track that was used in the introductory activity. Additional opportunities for inquiry, such as activities in which students determine the masses of colliding objects, are also presented.
Complete for 24 students working in groups of four. An air track and photogate timer are optional and available separately All materials are reusable.
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Materials Included in Kit:
Ramp, 2½ feet, 6
Rubber band, #64, 12
Steel ball, solid, ¾", 30
Steel ball, solid, ⅝", 6
Wood support foot, 1" x 2" x 3 " with 1¼" diameter hole, 12
HS-PS3-1. Create a computational model to calculate the change in the energy of one component in a system when the change in energy of the other component(s) and energy flows in and out of the system are known.
HS-PS3-2. Develop and use models to illustrate that energy at the macroscopic scale can be accounted for as a combination of energy associated with the motion of particles (objects) and energy associated with the relative position of particles (objects).
HS-PS3-3. Design, build, and refine a device that works within given constraints to convert one form of energy into another form of energy.
HS-ETS1-3. Evaluate a solution to a complex real-world problem based on prioritized criteria and trade-offs that account for a range of constraints, including cost, safety, reliability, and aesthetics, as well as possible social, cultural, and environmental impacts.