Putting a Twist on Inquiry

by: Andrew Kemp

After studying linear motion and learning the basic concepts involved, (inertia, force and motion, friction), middle level students can apply their learning to nonlinear situations. Using toy tops is one way to teach students the basic concepts of nonlinear motion in a fun and engaging way. In this activity, students design, construct, and test tops, then present their designs to the rest of the class.


Type Journal ArticlePub Date 2/1/2005Stock # ss05_028_05_19Volume 028Issue 05

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