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Title: Radiation / HalfLife
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The students will evaluate their personal radiation dose. They will develop an understanding of the term radiation and how it relates to everyday life. The will simulate how radioactive material decays and apply the term halflife. Students will use a computer program to see that the halflife for different substances never changes. The students will evaluate nuclear power as a source of energy.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.
Standard(s): [S1] CHE (912) 9: Distinguish between chemical and nuclear reactions. [S1] E&S (912) 1: Describe sources of energy, including solar, gravitational, geothermal, and nuclear. [S1] GEL (912) 6: Explain the concept of geological time within the framework of the geologic time scale. [S1] PHS (912) 6: Identify characteristics of gravitational, electromagnetic, and nuclear forces. [S1] PHS (912) 11: Describe the nuclear composition of unstable isotopes and the resulting changes to their nuclear composition.
Subject: Science (9  12)
Title: Radiation / HalfLife
Description: The students will evaluate their personal radiation dose. They will develop an understanding of the term radiation and how it relates to everyday life. The will simulate how radioactive material decays and apply the term halflife. Students will use a computer program to see that the halflife for different substances never changes. The students will evaluate nuclear power as a source of energy.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.
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Title: Curve Balls
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In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about the mathematics behind baseball pitching. Mathematician Chuck Romine discusses a new mathematical model that describes the trajectory of a curve ball. Science Updates are audio interviews with scientists and are accompanied by a set of questions as well as links to related Science NetLinks lessons and other related resources.
Standard(s): [S1] (8) 8: Identify Newton's three laws of motion. [S1] (8) 9: Describe how mechanical advantages of simple machines reduce the amount of force needed for work. [S1] (8) 10: Differentiate between potential and kinetic energy. [S1] PHS (912) 6: Identify characteristics of gravitational, electromagnetic, and nuclear forces. [S1] PHS (912) 7: Relate velocity, acceleration, and kinetic energy to mass, distance, force, and time. [S1] PHS (912) 12: Identify metric units for mass, distance, time, temperature, velocity, acceleration, density, force, energy, and power. [S1] CHE (912) 7: Explain the behavior of ideal gases in terms of pressure, volume, temperature, and number of particles using Charles's law, Boyle's law, GayLussac's law, the combined gas law, and the ideal gas law. [S1] PHY (912) 1: Explain linear, uniform circular, and projectile motions using one and twodimensional vectors. [S1] PHY (912) 3: Explain planetary motion and navigation in space in terms of Kepler's and Newton's laws. [S1] PHY (912) 4: Describe quantitative relationships for velocity, acceleration, force, work, power, potential energy, and kinetic energy.
Subject: Physical Education, Science Title: Curve Balls
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about the mathematics behind baseball pitching. Mathematician Chuck Romine discusses a new mathematical model that describes the trajectory of a curve ball. Science Updates are audio interviews with scientists and are accompanied by a set of questions as well as links to related Science NetLinks lessons and other related resources. Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12
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Title: Planet Gravity project
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This podcast was designed to cover the force of gravity. The purpose of this particular podcast is to compare weight on the various planets as a result of the force of gravity on a mass. Standard(s):
[S1] PHS (912) 6: Identify characteristics of gravitational, electromagnetic, and nuclear forces. [S1] PHS (912) 7: Relate velocity, acceleration, and kinetic energy to mass, distance, force, and time. [S1] PHS (912) 12: Identify metric units for mass, distance, time, temperature, velocity, acceleration, density, force, energy, and power. [S1] E&S (912) 1: Describe sources of energy, including solar, gravitational, geothermal, and nuclear.
Planet Gravity project Overview: This podcast was designed to cover the force of gravity. The purpose of this particular podcast is to compare weight on the various planets as a result of the force of gravity on a mass.
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Title: Levitating Top Demonstration
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Gyroscopic motion, like that of a spinning top, creates a force that can be used to stabilize an object. Magnets can be used to either attract other magnets or repel them. When the forces of gyroscopic motion, magnetic repulsion, and gravity are all balanced correctly object can be made to levitate.
The amazing process of levitation is displayed excellently using a Levitron top. There are no camera tricks, mirrors or wires used to make our top "float". As hundreds of our visitors can tell you this is just an amazing sight to see.
Note: This video does not include audio. Standard(s):
[S1] PHS (912) 6: Identify characteristics of gravitational, electromagnetic, and nuclear forces. [S1] PHY (912) 8: Summarize similarities in the calculation of electrical, magnetic, and gravitational forces between objects.
Levitating Top Demonstration Overview: Gyroscopic motion, like that of a spinning top, creates a force that can be used to stabilize an object. Magnets can be used to either attract other magnets or repel them. When the forces of gyroscopic motion, magnetic repulsion, and gravity are all balanced correctly object can be made to levitate.
The amazing process of levitation is displayed excellently using a Levitron top. There are no camera tricks, mirrors or wires used to make our top "float". As hundreds of our visitors can tell you this is just an amazing sight to see.
Note: This video does not include audio.
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Title: Newton's Second Law
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This podcast is part of a series of podcast designed to introduce and explain forces in our world. This particular podcast focuses on Newton's Second Law of motion and the students use real life application and demonstration to explain this law. They also demonstrate the math skills needed to explain what is happening in Newton's Second Law of Motion. Standard(s):
[S1] PHS (912) 6: Identify characteristics of gravitational, electromagnetic, and nuclear forces. [S1] PHS (912) 7: Relate velocity, acceleration, and kinetic energy to mass, distance, force, and time. [S1] PHS (912) 8: Relate the law of conservation of energy to transformations of potential energy, kinetic energy, and thermal energy. [S1] PHS (912) 12: Identify metric units for mass, distance, time, temperature, velocity, acceleration, density, force, energy, and power.
Newton's Second Law Overview: This podcast is part of a series of podcast designed to introduce and explain forces in our world. This particular podcast focuses on Newton's Second Law of motion and the students use real life application and demonstration to explain this law. They also demonstrate the math skills needed to explain what is happening in Newton's Second Law of Motion.
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Title: Nuclear and Gravitational Force
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This podcast is one of a series of podcasts that are designed to teach about the forces in our world. This particular podcast focuses on gravitational and nuclear forces. The students discuss Universal Gravitation, and nuclear forces and demonstrate each in the podcast. They also define the unit for force. Standard(s):
[S1] PHS (912) 6: Identify characteristics of gravitational, electromagnetic, and nuclear forces. [S1] PHS (912) 7: Relate velocity, acceleration, and kinetic energy to mass, distance, force, and time. [S1] PHS (912) 8: Relate the law of conservation of energy to transformations of potential energy, kinetic energy, and thermal energy. [S1] PHS (912) 12: Identify metric units for mass, distance, time, temperature, velocity, acceleration, density, force, energy, and power. [S1] PHY (912) 4: Describe quantitative relationships for velocity, acceleration, force, work, power, potential energy, and kinetic energy. [S1] PHY (912) 8: Summarize similarities in the calculation of electrical, magnetic, and gravitational forces between objects.
Nuclear and Gravitational Force Overview: This podcast is one of a series of podcasts that are designed to teach about the forces in our world. This particular podcast focuses on gravitational and nuclear forces. The students discuss Universal Gravitation, and nuclear forces and demonstrate each in the podcast. They also define the unit for force.
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Title: Curve Balls
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In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about the mathematics behind baseball pitching. Mathematician Chuck Romine discusses a new mathematical model that describes the trajectory of a curve ball. Science Updates are audio interviews with scientists and are accompanied by a set of questions as well as links to related Science NetLinks lessons and other related resources.
Standard(s): [S1] (8) 8: Identify Newton's three laws of motion. [S1] (8) 9: Describe how mechanical advantages of simple machines reduce the amount of force needed for work. [S1] (8) 10: Differentiate between potential and kinetic energy. [S1] PHS (912) 6: Identify characteristics of gravitational, electromagnetic, and nuclear forces. [S1] PHS (912) 7: Relate velocity, acceleration, and kinetic energy to mass, distance, force, and time. [S1] PHS (912) 12: Identify metric units for mass, distance, time, temperature, velocity, acceleration, density, force, energy, and power. [S1] CHE (912) 7: Explain the behavior of ideal gases in terms of pressure, volume, temperature, and number of particles using Charles's law, Boyle's law, GayLussac's law, the combined gas law, and the ideal gas law. [S1] PHY (912) 1: Explain linear, uniform circular, and projectile motions using one and twodimensional vectors. [S1] PHY (912) 3: Explain planetary motion and navigation in space in terms of Kepler's and Newton's laws. [S1] PHY (912) 4: Describe quantitative relationships for velocity, acceleration, force, work, power, potential energy, and kinetic energy.
Subject: Physical Education, Science Title: Curve Balls
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about the mathematics behind baseball pitching. Mathematician Chuck Romine discusses a new mathematical model that describes the trajectory of a curve ball. Science Updates are audio interviews with scientists and are accompanied by a set of questions as well as links to related Science NetLinks lessons and other related resources. Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12
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Title: Intramolecular Forces
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Students label the particles and forces in and between water molecules. Immediate feedback is provided to the students.
Standard(s): [S1] PHS (912) 6: Identify characteristics of gravitational, electromagnetic, and nuclear forces. [S1] CHE (912) 3: Use the periodic table to identify periodic trends, including atomic radii, ionization energy, electronegativity, and energy levels.
Intramolecular Forces
http://highered.mcgr...
Students label the particles and forces in and between water molecules. Immediate feedback is provided to the students.
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Title: Gravity and Orbits, Physics Interactive Simulation
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This is an interactive simulation for the effects of Gravity on orbiting bodies in space.
Standard(s): [S1] PHS (912) 6: Identify characteristics of gravitational, electromagnetic, and nuclear forces. [S1] PHY (912) 1: Explain linear, uniform circular, and projectile motions using one and twodimensional vectors.
Gravity and Orbits, Physics Interactive Simulation
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This is an interactive simulation for the effects of Gravity on orbiting bodies in space.
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Title: Intramolecular Forces
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Students label the particles and forces in and between water molecules. Immediate feedback is provided to the students.
Standard(s): [S1] PHS (912) 6: Identify characteristics of gravitational, electromagnetic, and nuclear forces. [S1] CHE (912) 3: Use the periodic table to identify periodic trends, including atomic radii, ionization energy, electronegativity, and energy levels.
Intramolecular Forces
http://highered.mcgr...
Students label the particles and forces in and between water molecules. Immediate feedback is provided to the students.
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Title: Electromagnet
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Instructions on how to make an electromagnet/make it stronger..with pictures.
Standard(s): [S1] (8) 12: Classify waves as mechanical or electromagnetic. [S1] PHS (912) 6: Identify characteristics of gravitational, electromagnetic, and nuclear forces.
Electromagnet
http://education.jla...
Instructions on how to make an electromagnet/make it stronger..with pictures.
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Title: Intramolecular Forces
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Students label the particles and forces in and between water molecules. Immediate feedback is provided to the students.
Standard(s): [S1] PHS (912) 6: Identify characteristics of gravitational, electromagnetic, and nuclear forces. [S1] CHE (912) 3: Use the periodic table to identify periodic trends, including atomic radii, ionization energy, electronegativity, and energy levels.
Intramolecular Forces
http://highered.mcgr...
Students label the particles and forces in and between water molecules. Immediate feedback is provided to the students.

