Day 62: Distance, Displacement, and Position


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:


While other groups made graphs:


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.



About Frank Noschese

HS Physics Teacher constantly questioning my teaching.

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