This lesson is designed to introduce students to the concepts behind constant accelerated motion. Accelerated motion is something that every student has experienced but often students have a difficult time explaining it conceptually. This demonstration is focus on using student observations to build a conceptual understanding of what is happening when they observe a cart that is speeding up. This lesson uses motion detectors and graphing software to show students what the motion looks like and the differences that this motion has compared to constant velocity. Below you can find a lesson plan detailing how to introduce this topic or you can go to Kelly O’Shea’s Modeling Instruction blog to see how she introduces it.
Introducing CAM Demonstration