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Intro. to Physics - Graphs of Motion through Dance


Intro. to Physics - Graphs of Motion through Dance

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This is an introductory lesson to graphs of motion for high school conceptual physics. It is designed as a first-day activity for student as they begin learning about position vs. time, velocity vs. time, and acceleration vs. time graphs. It uses an analysis of Micheal Jackson's Moonwalk as a fun reference point for students. The lesson is in an instructional design format and features think-pair-share activities and ideas to help prepare students for interpreting graphs on the ACT.
Material Type: Assignment
Technical Format: HTML/Text
Date Added to MERLOT: September 30, 2012
Date Modified in MERLOT: February 28, 2014
Keywords: Dancing, Graphing, Position, Velocity, Physics


  • Editor Review avg: 3 rating
  • User Rating: 4 user rating
  • Discussion (2 Comments)
  • Learning Exercises (none)
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Primary Audience: Middle School, High School
Mobile Compatibility: Not specified at this time
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Language: English
Cost Involved: no
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Creative Commons: Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 United States


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Avatar for Katlyn Witt
1 year ago

Katlyn Witt (Teacher (K-12))

This lesson is engaging for the students.  It is difficult for many students to understand the correlation between movement and the graphs that correspond to the motion.  If the technology is available, it will be extremely helpful to use a motion detector to graph the motion as well.  Interpreting and understanding graphs are key skills for students to have and this lesson can help solidify student understanding.

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Time spent reviewing site: 20 Minutes

Avatar for Kyle Heffelbower
1 year ago

Kyle Heffelbower (Teacher (K-12))

Understanding how the graphs of motion can be translated from physical representation to a mathematical graph is a difficult concept for students to understand.  I really like how this lesson incorporates an iconic dance move to gain their attention and aid their investigations.  This lesson is wrought with aids to accomodate all students learning styles.  I thought the integration of the CBR, though lacking breadth, was a nice addition for the kinesthetic learners as well as the dancing at the end of class.   

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Throughout my investigations I did not notice any technical issues at all.  

Time spent reviewing site: 15 minutes