Building The Net Force Particle Model (Part 1)

From “The How” to “The Why”: One of the three projects that the students will complete this year is a custom designed and fabricated rocket. One of the requirements of this project is for the rockets to carry a small solid state altimeter that collects vertical position data. This year I decided to give theContinue reading “Building The Net Force Particle Model (Part 1)”

Deploying The Constant Acceleration Particle Model (CAPM)

The APT 1 students just recently finished building and testing (deploying) the Constant Acceleration Particle Model. As stated in an earlier post on studying velocity vs. time graphs for a constantly accelerating particle, the students used these graphs to study how the velocity changed, but also how the graph gave the students a way toContinue reading “Deploying The Constant Acceleration Particle Model (CAPM)”

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”