The main goal of this unit is for students to formulate a basic understanding of the mechanical physics concepts of force, work, motion and energy. Simple machines were examined in elementary school science so a review of these concepts is included in the unit. Then force, work, motion and energy are introduced with emphasis on lab work during which students will take the information and apply it.
The final assessment of the unit is a performance task in which students will independently design and create a rollercoaster with the requirements that it must be fun, safe and educational. The educational component will include Newton’s Laws of Motion, graphing of speed and motion, and potential vs. kinetic energy.
Hockley, Michelle, "Life Is Like a Rollercoaster (Physics)" (2011). Understanding by Design: Complete Collection. Paper 159.
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