Simple Machines
Rube Goldberg Machines
Roller Coaster Design and Building
Bridge Design and Building
Physics - the study of forces, motion and the laws that explain it all

Students will experiment with Newton's laws of motion in both traditional hands-on lab activities and with the latest technology based activities designed to give students a good foundation for future studies in physics and engineering.  Students will select a project from the "project pages" to research, design, build, test, and document.  If time permits, they may do more than one project.

Newton's Laws of Motion -  Don't forget to "do the math"!!
      Simple Machines (Museum of Science and Industry Chicago)
Challenging Physics Games - try these "games" when all of your other work is done. They will require you to
                                                                  build up skill but mostly they will make you think. 
Test your ingenuity - try these design engineering challenges. Be sure to include your best designs in your website portfolio. 
Coconut Run
Particle Pro
Piggy Power
Advanced Gizmos
Determining a Spring Constant           Moment of Inertia 
Simple Harmonic Motion                     Atwood Machine

     Crash Dummies Lab
click for calculator
Energy Skate Park
Projectile Motion
Lunar Lander
Great Balloon Challenge
Space Station
Do the Math
I was told there would be no math!!
Use Newton's Laws to meet these challenges:
Brain Pop espanol
Do the Math answers
These activities have been discontiued but we're hoping they will return someday.
Project Checklists can be found on the "Project Pages"
Physics Formative PRE-Assessments           
These assessments will check your prior knowlege.  They will not be graded but should give you an idea of which areas of Physics you should spend the most time on.
start here
Background and Activities
This is a complete list of all background activties for Physics.  Click on the PROJECT PAGES on the right for the specific actvities that would be the most helpful for each project. 
Introduction - a good place to start
Potential Energy
Kinetic Energy
Energy Conservation in a System           study guide
Ants on a Slant           study guide
Weights and Mass           study guide
Pulleys           study guide
Gravity Pitch           study guide
Force and Motion
Newton's Laws of Motion
Space Flight
Shoot the Monkey          study guide
Free Fall          study guide
Archimede's Principal          study guide
Energy of a Pendulum          study guide
Period of a Pendulum          study guide
Air Track          study guide
Golf Range          study guide
Distance - Time and Velocity          study guide
Distance - Time Graphs          study guide
Simple Machines
PhET simulations
Collisions activity sheet
Projectile Motion activity sheet
Lunar Lander activity sheet
Inclined Plane
Wheel and Axle
Pulley Lab           study guide
Levers           study guide
Inclined Plane - sliding objects          study guide
Inclined plane - rolling objects           study guide
Wheel and Axle           study guide
Simple Machines interactive (COSI)  - complete all three parts. 
Pulley Lab
Inclined Plane Lab
Lever Lab
Design and Engineering
Building Basics
(tiny, tiny robots)
Roller Coaster Physics           study guide
Fan Cart Physics          study guide
PhET simulations
Advanced Gizmos
Inclined Plane - Simple Machine
Energy Skate Park activity sheet
Project Pages
Simple Machines
Bridge Design and Building
Roller Coaster Design and Building
Rube Goldberg Machines
Simple Machines
Bridges Design and Building
Roller Coaster Design and Building
Rube Goldberg Machines
Before hammering out activites from the left, check out the specific projects for those activites that would best prepare you for each project.
Project Pages:
Bridges - a musical journey to the world's most amazing bridges
Rube Goldberg Inventions - some pretty amazing RG machines
Paper Roller Coaster
Assessments - it's time to take a test!  Get the assessment password from your teacher.
Physics Unit Summative Assessment
Click here for details.
All assessments for this unit/module must be completed before beginning the next moduule.  Assessments should be taken in science class.
This year your summative  assessment will be your final project and your 5 best Gizmo scores.
Simple Machines
Rube Goldberg Machines
Roller Coasters
Wheel and Axle Lab
Wedge Lab
Screw Lab
New Lessons from Interactive Science