Argument-Driven Inquiry in Physics, Volume 1: Mechanics Lab Investigations for Grades 9–12

by: Victor Sampson, Todd L. Hutner, Daniel FitzPatrick, Adam LaMee, and Jonathon Grooms

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Physics teachers—great news! Now there’s a guide to argument-driven inquiry (ADI) especially for you. Like the NSTA Press best-sellers for high school biology and chemistry, this book helps you build your students’ science proficiency. It makes labs more authentic by teaching physics students to work the way scientists do—by identifying questions, developing models, collecting and analyzing data, generating arguments, and critiquing and revising reports.

  Argument-Driven Inquiry in Physics, Volume 1 focuses on mechanics and has two parts. The first part describes the ADI instructional model and the components of ADI lab investigations. The second part provides 23 field-tested labs covering a wide variety of topics related to forces and interactions, energy, work, and power. Some investigations are introductory labs that expose students to new content; others are application labs to help students try out a theory, law, or unifying concept. All are easy to use, thanks to teacher notes, student handouts, and checkout questions, and all align with the Next Generation Science Standards and the Common Core State Standards. You’ll find this book to be a one-stop source of expertise, advice, and investigations that will take the intimidation out of using ADI in physics instruction.

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Grade Levels

High School


Acceleration Assessment CCC1: Patterns CCC2: Cause and Effect: Mechanism and Explanation CCC3: Scale, Proportion, and Quantity CCC4: Systems and System Models CCC5: Energy and Matter: Flows, Cycles, and Conservation CCC6: Structure and Function CCC7: Stability and Change Curriculum Energy Energy transfer Energy transformation Forces and motion Inquiry Instructional Materials Kinetic energy Labs Lesson Plans Literacy New Science Teachers Newton’s laws of motion Phenomena Physical Science Physics Potential energy Preservice Science Education PS2: Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions PS3: Energy SEP1: Asking Questions and Defining Problems SEP2: Developing and Using Models SEP3: Planning and Carrying Out Investigations SEP4: Analyzing and Interpreting Data SEP5: Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking SEP6: Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions SEP7: Engaging in Argument from Evidence SEP8: Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information Speed Teacher Preparation Teaching Strategies Three-Dimensional Learning


Type NSTA Press BookPub Date 8/1/2017Pages 564ISBN 978-1-68140-513-1

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