Momentum Lesson Plans: scroll through the unit, click on linked lessons


Lesson 1:  Intro to Momentum

Engagement:  Think Time: Would it hurt more if you were hit by a fast bicycle or a slow truck?

Activity 1:  Demonstration/Question Sequence: mass & velocity are both important

            Activity 2:  Notes: Momentum

            Activity 3:  Measure the momentum of a crash cart.

Homework: Read Glencoe Physics (p. 199 – 204): section 9.1, Calculating Momentum worksheet

Lesson 2:  Impulse

Engagement: Most of you are confusing force and momentum.  Today we are going to learn how they are connected, and hopefully clear up any confusion.

Activity 1:  Notes: Impulse-Momentum Theorem

            Activity 2:  Derivation of the Impulse-Momentum Theorem

            Activity 3:  Example Problem (p. 203): Stopping a vehicle

Homework: Read Glencoe Physics (p. 205-209): section 9.2

Chapter 9 Practice Problems (p. 204): 1, 2, 4, 5, 6

Lesson 3:  Systems

Engagement:  Think Time: What do you need to make a hamburger?

Activity 1:  What is the system when I go bowling?  I roll the ball only hit the corner pin.

            Activity 2:  Notes: Conservation of Momentum

            Activity 3:  Setup bowling alley problem.

Homework: Systems worksheet

Lesson 4: Conservation of Momentum: Elastic Collisions

            Engagement: Car Crash: Animated Problem Situation ← Conservation of Momentum.ppt

Activity 1:  Example: Elastic Car Crash ← Conservation of Momentum.ppt

            Activity 2:  Chapter 9 Practice Problems (p. 210): 11 & 12

            Activity 3:  Start the homework

            Homework:  Finish the practice problems

Lesson 5: Conservation of Momentum: Inelastic Collisions

Engagement: Demonstration: A student volunteer, standing on a skateboard, throws a medicine ball.  What will happen?

Activity 1:  Notes: Inelastic equation: ptotal = mtotalv2

Activity 2:  Example: first practice problem

            Activity 3:  Chapter 9 Practice Problems (p. 210): 7-10

            Homework:  Finish the practice problems

Lesson 6: Collision Simulation Lab (Day 1)

Engagement:  Today we are going to predict the outcome of collisions.

Activity 1:  Play with the collision applet as a class. 

            Activity 2:  Introduction/Review of lab instructions

            Activity 3:  Collision Simulation Lab

            Homework:  Finish lab predictions.

Lesson 7: Collision Simulation Lab (Day 2)

Engagement:  Today we are going to test our predictions.

Activity 1:  Test predictions on the internet

            Activity 2:  Conclusions: Collision Simulation Lab

Activity 3:  Start the homework early

            Homework: Study for the test (make a note card)

Lesson 8:  Assessment

Engagement:  Today you get to show me how much you know.

Activity 1:  Last minute review

            Activity 2:  Momentum Test

            Activity 3:  Reading assignment for the next unit

            Homework:  Reading questions from the next unit