Every year, students struggle to understand Newton’s Laws and apply them to problem’s involving multiple objects moving. I always make sure to do a lab on Atwood Machines to give students more practice to do these kinds of problems. This lab is designed like many of my other labs. Students first calculate and solve for the theoretical answer (in this case, there are three theoretical problems) before trying to find the answer experimentally. I have found that students enjoy these types of labs the most, because the labs show how applicable physics is to real life. Also, when they see their calculations comes to life, it boosts the students’ confidence and they realize how much they understand the content.
These are NGSS-aligned lessons. Your students will engage in the three-dimensional learning by analyzing data, discussing with other students, designing experiments, and computing multiple-step calculations.
Every Lab Includes:
Lab Worksheet (FULLY EDITABLE)
– For THREE different levels of students (CP, Honors, and AP)
– Step-by-step instructions to get students started on their lab
– Just print and you’re ready to start
– Detailed layout of how to introduce and do the activity (3 different methods)
– Every step has answers to the correct procedure with a point system
– Includes instructional video