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Students Explore the Physics of Motion

Students in Pine-Richland Middle School Teacher Brian Kantz’s classroom had the opportunity of participating in a lesson entitled the Physics of Motion. The lab gave the students the opportunity to prove Newton’s First Law of Motion.  As you will recall, it says an object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force.

The students worked in groups to figure out how mass was related to a particular variable. Instead of quietly sitting in their seats to solve problems, students had the opportunity to put their studies into action by doing. Mr. Kantz moved the lesson out in the hallway outside the library.

Students worked to figure out how force was needed to move a shoe. Other students had to figure out the amount of force it took to move the box with a weight.

Eighth-grader Liam Danello said that the lab was enjoyable because he liked hands-on learning. Eighth-grader Cam Hockenberry agreed and says it’s a chance for students to get out of their seats.  Click on the photo below for  Science Lab Photos


Physics of Motion