Wednesday, 15 January 2014
I love me some mechanics but my students hate the topic. I can’t say there’s a lot of love in the classroom today for kinematics, forces, energy, and momentum. Maybe it’s because they spent a full semester of physical science on mechanics.
We start off with the ball bounce lab so popular with the modelers — not only do I hope to build some enthusiasm but I also want them to see the quantified direction we’re going in. Not all my labs can be described so succinctly but I see “can write lab instructions on the whiteboard” as a design goal. I think that 10-page lab handouts are where I lose most of my kids (in attention AND understanding).