The Teacher Guide provides guidelines for facilitating
activities and assigning student readings and job sheets. It also identifies key
concepts and skills, presents both traditional and alternative assessment
procedures and skills, and lists materials and equipment used in student
activities and teacher demonstrations.
The Job Sheets and Teacher Resource CD-ROM is included
with the Teacher Guide and contains the following:
five units in the year-long Physics That Works curriculum. Each unit is
based on an extended project that runs throughout the three or four chapters of
the unit. Further, each project is divided into sequential "milestones:"
chapter-ending tasks where students consolidate what they have learned, create a
product, and explicitly demonstrate their understanding of the material and
Unit 1 Kinematics: Toys in Motion
assume the role of an engineer as they design, construct, and test a motion toy.
After measuring and graphing its position, velocity, and acceleration, students
compare their creation's performance to that of other motion toys and analyze
consumer expectations in preparation for release to the marketplace.
Unit 2 Forces and Motion: On the Road
engineering teams design and conduct performance tests for all-terrain-vehicle
tire treads, using wagons as test vehicles. While they carry out this project,
students learn how friction and other forces affect tire performance under
varied terrain conditions and during cornering.
Unit 3 Electricity and Simple Circuits: Restoring a
Here students employ their knowledge of energy, charge, and voltage
to meet another challenge. They design, construct, and test an electric circuit
similar to the one that controls a portable defibrillator: a battery-run device
that restores an erratically beating heart to a normal rhythm.
Unit 4 Generators and Diodes: Building a Better Bike
inventor at the Green Machine, the students' job is to improve the function of a
generator-powered bike light so that it will remain lit when they aren't
pedaling. Applying their understanding of electricity and magnetism, students
modify the bike-light circuitry, creating an environmentally friendly and safer
Unit 5 Energy: Live from WPTW!
students' final project is to build, test, and operate a transmitter and
receiver so that they can "broadcast" a series of notes from an instrument,
which they will also construct. As students build a "miniature radio station,"
they will broaden their understanding about work, energy, power, and
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