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## Important Notes

Paradigm lab is a guided inquiry lab that introduces a topic and/or relationship. The paradigm is a useful example that students can think of when recalling how the objects in this topic of physics behave. A practicum is a real-world challenge, where students collaborate to solve a physics problem by investigating an apparatus.

There are lots of other versions of these labs out there if you Google the right terms.

This is a website FOR TEACHERS! Some of these links lead to very "Cookbook"-style labs. I am NOT ADVOCATING Cookbook labs for students. I am pointing you to resources that can help you plan your own labs. Sometimes teachers need the cookbook instructions to get started. I am also not saying you should do all of these. These are just some labs you could consider.

## Mechanics

### Constant Velocity cart or Bowling Ball Across the floor. (Paradigm)

Meeting Point (Practicum)
(too easy for C students unless done very early in the course, a bit harder if you use a ramp and have it run into a CV cart from behind or in front)

Practicum: Hit the target with projectile shooter.

### Forces

#### Sliding Friction

Virtual lab (but you can do it for real like this, or with spring scales)

### Uniform Circular Motion

Practicum: Flying Pig Lab

### Impulse and Momentum

Practicum: Unknown mass

Increasing Mass System requires calculus

### Energy

Energy transfer lab

### Rotation

Video Analysis spinning wheel with constant velocity and accelerated by a torque (video analysis labs)

### Rotational Energy

Paradigm: Hoop and Disk Set AND discussion of the lab
(roll down ramp, find speed discrepancy with object sliding same distance)

### Oscillation

Simple pendulum (Also a great first day lab! Not kidding)

## Electricity and Magnetism

Capacitance

### Induction

A fun activity, Johnson Motor (only thing you maybe can't get locally is magnet wire) OR buy a kit from Arbor

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Marc Reif,
Jun 21, 2017, 8:02 AM
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Marc Reif,
Jun 21, 2017, 8:03 AM