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Friday January 15, 2016 at 1:20pm Age: 3 yrs
Category: Middle School


In Mr. Hoffman's class, students were examining at how mass and velocity affect momentum.  In this investigation, students calculated speed, momentum, acceleration, and force using data they collected in a mock car collision. Students made connections between speed, mass, acceleration and learned how they were used to calculate momentum and force. As the students conducted the investigation, they observed that as the mass of the car increases, the distance the tissue box moves increases.

Students were engaged in conversations about traveling on a freeway or a busy road and discussed the rules concerning following distance at different speeds. Special attention was paid to the interactions between large vehicles such as semis/tractor trailers and small cars.