RESOURCESMomentum Bashing 2 Hands-on Inquiry Activity
- Download Teacher Lesson Plan and Student Activity Sheet for "Momentum Bashing 2."
- Watch Teacher Tips video for the activity and review procedure and safety notes in the Teacher Lesson Plan.
- Gather materials. For each group of 3-4 students:
Show Introduction video for "Momentum Bashing 2."
Distribute "Momentum Bashing 2" Student Activity Sheets and materials. Review Key Questions, introductory information and procedure with the students.
Conduct the activity following tips in the Teacher Lesson Plan.
Have groups share and compare results. Ask students to work collaboratively with group members to answer Analysis Questions.
Show Conclusion video for "Momentum Bashing 2" and conduct a whole-class discussion of responses to Analysis Questions (answers in Teacher Lesson Plan).
"It's Basic Physics - Momentum segment" Guiding Questions
- Ruler with center grove, 1-foot (30.5 cm) wooden or plastic (1)
- Marble (1)
- Cup, paper or plastic, 5-ounce (148 mL) (1)
- Scissors (1 pair)
- Meter sticks or metric measuring tapes (2)
- Books or paper to support the ruler track at 4 different heights (e.g., 1-4 cm)
- Notebook paper (3 - 4 sheets)
- Graph paper (1 sheet) One sheet of graph paper
- Calculator (1)
- "Momentum Bashing 2" Student Activity Sheet (1 per student)
How is momentum related to the mass and speed of an object?
The amount of momentum of an object is calculated by multiplying its mass and speed. Increasing either mass, speed or both will increase an object's momentum.
Can two different vehicles have the same momentum?
Yes! Since momentum is the product of mass and velocity, a fast-moving, lighter vehicle can have the same momentum as a slowly moving, heavier vehicle. For example, if a car is half the mass of a truck, when the car moves twice as fast as the truck they will have the same amount of momentum.
Note: Lessons may be downloaded as two separate Teacher Activity Guides: