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Lesson Plans (9) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Podcasts (8) A program (audio or video) made available in digital format for playback or download over the Internet. Assessments (1) Any activity or resource teachers use to help gauge student progress.
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Subject: Science (9 - 12)
Title: Motion in One Dimension
Description: This hands-on exercise allows students to view and calculate the various factors involved in one-dimensional motion. Students will use remote control vehicles to illustrate the linear motion. Students will use the information gathered from the motion of the remote control vehicles to solve various equations for velocity, acceleration, distance traveled, or time. Students will then represent the relationships between these factors graphically.


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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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Subject: Science, Social Studies
Title: Energy: The U.S. in Crisis?     
Description: In this Science NetLinks lesson, students study and assess past, present, and future decisions related to energy shortages. They gain an understanding of the different trade-offs that are made at many levels, from personal to national, as people grapple with tough issues. This lesson focuses on how decisions are made on many levels and how those decisions involve trade-offs of economic costs and social values.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Science
Title: Rocket Launch     
Description: In this Science NetLinks lesson, students explore design considerations of model rockets. They consider how model rockets are similar to real rockets (in design and flight), as well as how they are different due to the constraints placed upon them such as size and intended user.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Language Arts,Science
Title: Galileo and the Inevitability of Ideas     
Description: In this EDSITEment lesson, students develop an understanding of the historical significance of Galileo's scientific achievements. They examine the values underlying historic choices by debating the merits of the earth-centered Ptolemaic System and the sun-centered Copernican System.
Thinkfinity Partner: EDSITEment
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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Subject: Science
Title: Ping-Pong Avalanches     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about how ping-pong balls may help the science of avalanche prediction. 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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Subject: Science
Title: Fuel-saving Speed     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about the ideal vehicle speed for the best fuel efficiency. Oak Ridge National Laboratory engineer Brian West describes the relationship between engine efficiency and drag. 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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Subject: Science
Title: Dryer Sheets     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear how the old saying opposites attract relates to your laundry. Positively charged particles are attracted to negatively charged particles, which can cause static cling in clothing. 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



ALEX Podcasts


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The Physics of Football
Overview:
This podcast tells about the physics that are applied in the game of football: Momentum, acceleration, and force.


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The Roller Coaster
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This podcast shows some of the science and history of roller-coasters.


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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.


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Types of Friction
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This podcast is designed to introduce and demonstrate the common types of friction.  Teachers and students alike will enjoy the descriptions and demonstations presented by students to assist with the understanding of the various types of friction forces encountered in our world.


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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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Subject: Science
Title: Ping-Pong Avalanches     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about how ping-pong balls may help the science of avalanche prediction. 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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Subject: Science
Title: Fuel-saving Speed     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about the ideal vehicle speed for the best fuel efficiency. Oak Ridge National Laboratory engineer Brian West describes the relationship between engine efficiency and drag. 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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Subject: Science
Title: Dryer Sheets     
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear how the old saying opposites attract relates to your laundry. Positively charged particles are attracted to negatively charged particles, which can cause static cling in clothing. 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



Web Resources


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Simple Machines Webquest
http://www.webquest....
This web quest allows students to explore simple machines, recreate them, and explain how they work.

Lesson Plans


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Catch The Light
http://amazing-space...
Website contains lesson plans and standards for teaching light waves, and the electromagnetic spectrum.

Podcasts


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Testing your Conceptual Knowledge of Newton's First Law of Motion
http://www.khanacade...
Testing your conceptual knowledge of Newton's First Law of Motion, Khan Academy quiz on Newton's First Law of Motion Podcast

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Newton's First Law of Motion
http://www.khanacade...
Khan Academy podcast on Newton's First Law of Motion. Part 1

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Newton's First Law of Motion
http://www.khanacade...
Khan Academy Youtube podcast on Newton's First Law of Motion (Part 2) presents the concepts of Newton's First Law as an explanation of a quiz.

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Physics 402: Newton's 2nd Law
http://www.gpb.org/c...
Physics 402: Newton's 2nd Law. GPB Television Podcast for physics and physical science.

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Physics 404: Newton's 3rd Law and Projectile Motion
http://www.gpb.org/c...
Physics 404: Newton's 3rd Law and Projectile Motion. GBP Television Podcast for Physics and Physical Science.

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Physics of Projectile Motion
http://www.gpb.org/c...
Physics 405: Projectile Motion. GPB Television Podcast for physics and physical science. Includes an embedded 30 minute video lesson,two note-taking guides and a problem worksheet (PDF).

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Math in Basketball
http://www.thirteen....
Basketball player Elton Brand describes how he became an NBA star, then presents a challenge about the math behind the perfect free throw shot.

Assessments


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Testing your Conceptual Knowledge of Newton's First Law of Motion
http://www.khanacade...
Testing your conceptual knowledge of Newton's First Law of Motion, Khan Academy quiz on Newton's First Law of Motion Podcast

Informational Materials


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Physics 402: Newton's 2nd Law
http://www.gpb.org/c...
Physics 402: Newton's 2nd Law. GPB Television Podcast for physics and physical science.

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Physics 404: Newton's 3rd Law and Projectile Motion
http://www.gpb.org/c...
Physics 404: Newton's 3rd Law and Projectile Motion. GBP Television Podcast for Physics and Physical Science.

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Physics of Projectile Motion
http://www.gpb.org/c...
Physics 405: Projectile Motion. GPB Television Podcast for physics and physical science. Includes an embedded 30 minute video lesson,two note-taking guides and a problem worksheet (PDF).

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Catch The Light
http://amazing-space...
Website contains lesson plans and standards for teaching light waves, and the electromagnetic spectrum.

Interactives/Games


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Physics Velocity and Accleration, interactive simulation
http://phet.colorado...
This is an interactive simulation for physic students to calculate velocity and acceleration

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Forces and Motion: Basics
http://phet.colorado...
Explore the forces at work in a tug of war or pushing a refrigerator, crate, or person. Create an applied force and see how it makes objects move. Change friction and see how it affects the motion of objects

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Lunar Landing
http://phet.colorado...
Can you avoid the boulder field and land safely, just before your fuel runs out, as Neil Armstrong did in 1969? Our version of this classic video game accurately simulates the real motion of the lunar lander with the correct mass, thrust, fuel consumption rate, and lunar gravity. The real lunar lander is very hard to control

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Motion in 2D
http://phet.colorado...
Students will learn about position, velocity, and acceleration vectors. Move the ball with the mouse or let the simulation move the ball in four types of motion.

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Motion in 1D
http://phet.colorado...
Explore the forces at work when you try to push a filing cabinet. Create an applied force and see the resulting friction force and total force acting on the cabinet. Charts show the forces, position, velocity, and acceleration vs. time. View a Free Body Diagram of all the forces (including gravitational and normal forces).

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Newton's Laws of Motion
http://science.disco...
An interactive discovery.com website that allows a student to learn Newton's 3 Laws of Motion

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Temperature and Particle Motion
http://www.explorele...
This website allows students to observe the movement of particles of an ideal gas at a variety of temperatures for 5 minutes. A histogram showing the Maxwell-Boltzmann velocity distribution is shown, and the most probable velocity, mean velocity, and root mean square velocity can be calculated. Molecules of different gases can be compared by moving the graph at various velocities and times. Requires flashplayer.

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When Pigs Fly! Make Your Own Plane
http://www.usmint.go...
Students use this website to construct and fly their own plane. They can compete to see whose plane flies the furthest and longest.

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Forces and Motion
http://phet.colorado...
The interactive tool allows students to explore the forces at work when pushing a filing cabinet. Students create an applied force to determine the resulting friction force and total force acting on the cabinet. Charts show the forces, position, velocity, and acceleration vs. time. View a Free Body Diagram of all the forces (including gravitational and normal forces).

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The Moving Man
http://phet.colorado...
Learn about position, velocity, and acceleration graphs. Move the little man back and forth with the mouse and plot his motion. Set the position, velocity, or acceleration and let the simulation move the man for you.

Learning Activities


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Forces and Motion: Basics
http://phet.colorado...
Explore the forces at work in a tug of war or pushing a refrigerator, crate, or person. Create an applied force and see how it makes objects move. Change friction and see how it affects the motion of objects

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Temperature and Particle Motion
http://www.explorele...
This website allows students to observe the movement of particles of an ideal gas at a variety of temperatures for 5 minutes. A histogram showing the Maxwell-Boltzmann velocity distribution is shown, and the most probable velocity, mean velocity, and root mean square velocity can be calculated. Molecules of different gases can be compared by moving the graph at various velocities and times. Requires flashplayer.

Teacher Tools


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Catch The Light
http://amazing-space...
Website contains lesson plans and standards for teaching light waves, and the electromagnetic spectrum.

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