Physics through Inquiry Teacher Guide - PS-2873C

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Overview

At the heart of PASCO's Physics through Inquiry lab manual is a commitment to ensuring student learning through all phases of a lab activity.  Questions embedded throughout the activity, sequencing and key term challenges, opportunities to predict outcomes prior to data collection and post-lab multiple choice questions all help to make the connection between lectures and labs as seamless as possible. 

38 lab activities are included and all of them can be edited to suit the needs of your students or to better coordinate with your classroom lectures.

PASCO probeware means accurate and repeatable real-time data collection using PASCO sensors, interfaces and software. All of the labs can be performed using your choice of either PASCO Capstone or SPARKvue software.

Features

  • Activities covering the fundamental concepts and topics of high school physics
  • "Key term challenge" increases vocabulary skills.
  • Students make predictions before collecting data to ensure they are engaged in the activity.
  • Multiple choice questions enforce understanding while preparing students for critical standardized exams.

Includes

  • Spiral-bound Teacher Binder with PDF versions of each activity and a wealth of resources
  • Editable Word files for each student version
  • Flash Drive containing all information in electronic format
  • Experiments

    Force and Motion

    Acceleration

    Use a motion sensor to introduce the concept of representing motion as a change of position in a graphical form.

    Archimedes' Principle

    Use a force sensor to explore the relationship between the volume of fluid displaced by a submerged object and the buoyant force experienced by that submerged object.

    Centripetal Force

    Use a force sensor to understand the factors that affect the centripetal force experienced by an object in uniform circular motion.

    Circular Motion

    Use a force sensor to develop a kinesthetic understanding of circular motion by measuring the period of rotation of a mass in uniform circular motion.

    Conservation of Energy

    Use a motion sensor to detect how energy is transformed in a cart and track system and to observe that the total energy of the system is conserved.

    Conservation of Momentum

    Use two motion sensors to explore the concept of momentum and its conservation during common types of collisions.

    Hooke's Law

    Use a force sensor to observe the relationship between the extension of a spring and the resulting force required to extend the spring.

    Impulse Momentum

    Use a motion sensor and force sensor to explore the change in momentum that occurs in a collision, and how that change is related to the impulse associated with the collision.

    Introduction to Force

    Use a force sensor to measure and experience contact forces, and some non-contact forces, in relation to gravity.

    Newton's First Law

    Use a motion sensor to determine the influence of force in the motion of an object, and that an object’s motion is unchanged in the absence of an external force.

    Newton's Second Law

    Use a force sensor and motion sensor to develop an understanding of the relationship between the net force applied to an object, the acceleration of the object, and the object's mass.

    Newton's Third Law

    Use two force sensors to observe the relationship between an action force and the resulting reaction force.

    Pendulum

    Use a motion sensor to determine how the mass and length of a simple pendulum affect its period of oscillation.

    Position Match Graph

    Use a motion sensor to introduce the concept of representing motion as a change of position in a graphical form.

    Projectile Motion

    Use two photogates to learn how two independent motions, horizontal and vertical, are descriptions of the motion of a projectile.

    Relative Motion

    Use a motion sensor to apply the concepts of relative motion and frames of reference to understanding velocity as a vector quantity in one-dimensional motion.

    Simple Harmonic Motion

    Use a force sensor and motion sensor to determine the spring constant by measuring the spring extension due to each of three different masses suspended from the spring.

    Sound Intensity

    Use a sound level sensor to investigate the sound intensity from devices such as tuning forks, musical instruments, and the human voice.

    Speed and Velocity

    Use a motion sensor to test predictions of how the speed and velocity of a cart will differ.

    Static and Kinetic Friction

    Use a force sensor to investigate static friction and kinetic (sliding) friction.

    Work and Energy

    Use a motion sensor and force sensor to develop an understanding of the work-energy theorem that relates the work done on an object by a net force to the change in the object’s kinetic energy.

    Electricity and Magnetism

    Charge & Electric Field

    Use a charge sensor to observe the nature of charging different objects by contact and to explore the electric field produced by a variety of charged objects.

    Farady's Law of Induction

    Use a voltage sensor to observe the electromotive force generated by passing a magnet through a coil.

    Magnetic Field Coil

    Use a current sensor and magnetic field sensor to understand some of the factors affecting the electromagnetic field strength within a solenoid.

    Ohm's Law

    Use a voltage sensor and current sensor to investigate the relationship between current, voltage, and resistance in a circuit.

    Permanent Magnet

    Use a magnetic field sensor to investigate the magnetic field strength of a permanent magnet as a function of distance from the magnet.

    RC Circuits

    Use a voltage sensor and current sensor to explore the behavior of a simple circuit of a resistor and capacitor in series.

    Series & Parallel Circuits

    Use a voltage sensor and current sensor to explore the properties of both series and parallel circuits.

    Voltage: Fruit Battery

    Use a voltage sensor to explore both the chemical and physical production of a potential difference.

    Light and Optics

    Inverse Square Law

    Use a light sensor to experience the concept of light intensity varying inversely as the square of the distance from a point source of light.

    Polarization

    Use a light sensor to study the effects of polarization on light intensity and to explore Malus’ Law.

    Thermodynamics

    Absolute Zero

    Use an absolute pressure sensor and a temperature sensor to experimentally determine a numerical value for absolute zero in degrees Celsius.

    Boyle's Law

    Use an absolute pressure sensor to observe the relationship between volume and pressure of an enclosed gas at constant temperature.

    Heat of Fusion

    Use a temperature sensor to understand heat as energy and the transfer of heat during the phase change from solid to liquid.

    Heat of vaporization

    Use a temperature sensor to develop a better understanding of the phase change from gas to liquid.

    Phase Change

    Use a stainless steel temperature sensor to observe physical changes in a system undergoing a phase change.

    Specific Heat of a Metal

    Use a stainless steel temperature sensor to compare the heat transferred by different metals to water.

    Termperature vs Heat

    Use a temperature sensor to explore the relationship between heat transfer and temperature change in various substances.

    Nuclear

    Radiation

    Use a Geiger-Müller tube to measure radiation intensity and to discover how radioactive particles react with various materials.

    Buying Guide

    57644
    PS-2923
    Physics Starter Sensor Bundle
    1
    2784365
    PS-2931B
    Physics Standard Sensor Bundle
    1
    Recommended - One of the following

    The Starter Bundle allows students to perform 26 of the 37 activities in the Physics through Inquiry Teacher Guide.

    The Standard Bundle allows students to perform all 37 activities.

    We recommend one bundle per lab group.

    Physics Starter Sensor Bundle   PS-2923
    Physics Standard Sensor Bundle   PS-2931B

    Interface Required

    To use this product you need a PASCO interface. 

    New to probeware or have questions about  sensors or interfaces? Contact Teacher and Technical Support.  We're here to help!

    Software Required

    This product requires or recommends PASCO software for data collection and analysis. Either SPARKvue software or PASCO Capstone software may be used.