Building The Net Torque Model – Part 2

Investigating An Unbalanced Net Torque We started by looking at the fact that a disk experiencing a net unbalanced torque also experienced a change in rotational or angular velocity. The students used a rotary motion sensor to measure the angular position and the angular velocity of a disk experiencing a constant torque and the studentsContinue reading “Building The Net Torque Model – Part 2”

Building The Net Torque Model – Part 1

A New Model (or Five New Models!) So, since I decided to incorporate AP Physics into the Academy as the singular curricular pathway for all students, I needed to see what models might need to be added (and mostly removed) from the past curriculum. The big change was to remove the study of thermodynamics andContinue reading “Building The Net Torque Model – Part 1”

Deploying The Constant Velocity Particle Model

Proof is In The Deployment (Prediction) This week the first year Academy students put their knowledge to the test. One of the key elements of the modeling pedagogy is that students are given a chance to test their predictive powers using the model that they have built. This stage of the modeling cycle is calledContinue reading “Deploying The Constant Velocity Particle Model”

First Year Students Begin Learning About Constant Velocity Particles

And The White Boarding Begins We are off to a great start with our new students. They did an exceptional job tackling our first observational “lab” (the Buggy Lab without motion detectors), and they got the hang of white boarding pretty quickly. As can be expected, some students were very quiet, but many participated inContinue reading “First Year Students Begin Learning About Constant Velocity Particles”

Making and Modeling

I have been resisting writing a blog for quite some time now. I suppose I just never thought it would be useful to anyone, but as I found myself reading and getting enormous value out of other amazing blogs that I stumbled upon, I decided it was time to contribute to the conversation. I amContinue reading “Making and Modeling”