Motion on a Ramp

Study the motion of an object as it moves up and down a ramp.

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Study the motion of a toy car on a ramp and use motion sensors to digitally graph the position data and then analyze it. Make predictions about what the graphs will look like, and consider what the corresponding velocity graphs would look like.

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Subject
Physics

Focus Area
Modeling and Simulation

Grade Level
Middle School

License
CC BY 4.0

AAAS Benchmark Alignments (2008)

4. The Physical Setting

4F. Motion
  • 4F/M3a. By the end of the 8th grade, students should know that an unbalanced force acting on an object changes its speed or direction of motion, or both.

9. The Mathematical World

9B. Symbolic Relationships
  • 9B/M3*. By the end of the 8th grade, students should know that graphs can show a variety of possible relationships between two variables. As one variable increases uniformly, the other may do one of the following: increase or decrease steadily, increase or decrease faster and faster, get closer and closer to some limiting value, reach some intermediate maximum or minimum, alternately increase and decrease, increase or decrease in steps, or do something different from any of these.
9C. Shapes
  • 9C/M4*. By the end of the 8th grade, students should know that the graphic display of numbers may help to show patterns such as trends, varying rates of change, gaps, or clusters that are useful when making predictions about the phenomena being graphed.

12. Habits of Mind

12C. Manipulation and Observation
  • 12C/E6** (BSL). By the end of the 5th grade, students should be able to use audio and video recording devices for capturing information.
  • 12C/M3*. By the end of the 8th grade, students should be able to make accurate measurements of length, volume, weight, elapsed time, rates, and temperature by using appropriate devices.
12D. Communication Skills
  • 12D/M1. By the end of the 8th grade, students should be able to organize information in simple tables and graphs and identify relationships they reveal.
  • 12D/M2. By the end of the 8th grade, students should be able to read simple tables and graphs produced by others and describe in words what they show.

Copyright
© Copyright The Concord Consortium

Record Link
<a href="">The Concord Consortium. Motion on a Ramp. Concord: The Concord Consortium, 2010, September 23.</a>

AIP
Motion on a Ramp (The Concord Consortium, Concord, 2010, September 23), WWW Document, (https://concord.org/).

AJP
Motion on a Ramp (The Concord Consortium, Concord, 2010, September 23), WWW Document, (https://concord.org/).

APA
Motion on a Ramp. (2010, September 23). Retrieved 2017, August 18, from The Concord Consortium: https://concord.org/

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This activity runs entirely in a Web browser. Preferred browsers are: Google Chrome (versions 30 and above), Safari (versions 7 and above), Firefox (version 30 and above), Internet Explorer (version 10 or higher), and Microsoft's Edge.

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Can you recommend a motion sensor to use in this activity?  Model #, company etc? 

Hi Dawn. The Go!Motion motion sensor by Vernier can be used with this activity.

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Grade Level
Middle School
Subject
Physics
Focus Area
Modeling and Simulation
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