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FlinnPREP™ Inquiry Lab Kits for AP® Physics 1: Graphing Motion

By: The Flinn Staff

The FlinnPREP Inquiry Laba for AP® Physics 1: Graphing Motion investigates the laws of kinematics and the use of motion detectors.

Includes access to exclusive FlinnPREP™ digital content to combine the benefits of classroom, laboratory and digital learning. Each blended learning lab solution includes prelab videos about concepts, techniques and procedures, summary videos that relate the experiment to the AP® exam, built-in student lab safety training with assessments, and standards-based, tested inquiry labs with real sample data. FlinnPREP™ Inquiry Lab Solutions are adaptable to you and how you teach with multiple ways to access and run your AP labs.

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AP Physics 1, Big Idea 3, Investigation 2

We walk daily without giving much thought to the act. Can you and your students walk at constant, unchanging speeds while changing direction? Can you maintain a constant speed and orientation while walking backwards? This lab will challenge students to walk at specific speeds in specific directions in order to replicate velocity vs. time and position vs. time graphs.

The lab’s introductory activity familiarizes students with the laws of kinematics and the use of motion detectors by asking them to draw simple position vs. time and velocity vs. time graphs. The guided-inquiry and design activity challenges students to monitor their walking speeds using motion detectors to replicate position vs. time and velocity vs. time graphs of increasing complexity. Students will gain a deep understanding of the laws governing motion by actually putting them into practice. Additional opportunities for inquiry include tests to determine a motion detector’s range and its reliability at long distances. Includes detailed Teacher Notes and reproducible student handouts.

FLINNprep is just one of the powerful learning pathways accessed via PAVO, Flinn’s award-winning gateway to standards-aligned digital science content paired with hands-on learning.

Please Note: This lab activity is fully digital. Motion detectors are required and available separately. All materials are reusable.