Day 62: Distance, Displacement, and Position

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College-Prep Physics: I started today by asking students to come up with examples as per my instructions above. It was a great exercise that produced struggle and confusion (aka “the sweat of learning“).

Some groups drew pictures and motion diagrams:

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While other groups made graphs:

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Lots of great discussion during board making and during sharing. It’s also a great example where students are able parrot back definitions for distance, displacement, and position, but not really understand what they mean.

For the second half of the period, I asked students to write their own problem that addressed the concepts of distance, displacement, position, and average velocity. I’m going to pick one to use on our next quiz.

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About Frank Noschese

HS Physics Teacher constantly questioning my teaching.

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