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Physics: Mechanics


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Age Range:
14 - 17 years
Estimated Course Length:
30-35 hours
9th - 12th grade
Some familiarity with decimal fractions, scientific notation and the metric system; an introduction to algebra.
Materials Included:
Course Study Guide, Study Booklet, Lab Supervisor Manual, and Examination.

Product Description

Have you ever wondered how space engineers figure out how much fuel to put in a rocket? Or why a tiny bullet can do so much damage when it hits something? What do physicists and engineers mean when they talk about things like force, energy, work and power? How are these things related?

This course gives the student a deeper understanding of the relationship between potential and kinetic energy, as well as the laws governing force and work, and provides opportunities to investigate these relationships through the use of a pendulum and other experiments.  The student learns how to gather data by conducting experiments, and how to write a technical report on the results.

Materials You Need to Supply: Two objects of similar size and shape, but quite different mass; a spring scale (2000 gram capacity is good); string.