Lake Park High School

West Campus

**Brief Summary:**An integrated lesson on constant velocity and
linear expressions. During the lesson, students will use technology to
explore motion, collect data, and retrieve data from the internet. The
students will be asked to construct and analyze the performance of a car.
The students then adjust the car based on the analysis to improve the
performance.

**Grade Level:** Junior Level Physics and Advanced Algebra

**Links to Standards: **Click below to view them in a through the
browser.

Science |
Math |

Goal 11 | Goal 8 |

Goal 12 | Goal 10 |

Goal 13 |

Or download the spreadsheet for math or science.

**Materials Needed: **Computers with internet access, during day
3-5. TI-83 for each student, ULI interface with Motion detector, Physics
with Computers experiment files,
Average Velocity Lab experiment file, various materials for Physics
300 as stated in lab.

**Commentary on Subject Matter:** Science is the application of
math. Math is used to explain what you see in a science lab. The two are
dependent on each other and yet are not usually presented in a way that
allows students to benefit from the close integration of science discovery
and mathematical analysis. Our hope for this project, is to correlate the
subject matter in the two curricula to allow an almost seamless link
between scientific discovery and mathematical analysis. Although the scope
of this project only involves a 5 – 6 day unit, there are many other
links between these two courses which we plan to explore in the future.

**Commentary on Instructional Approaches: **Math and science have
chosen the path of specific methodology with fictitious data and rote
memorization. In this project, we have chosen a different path by
concentrating on student data gathering and problem-solving. Physics is
usually taught in its own way and order, dependent mainly on the text.
Physics teachers are in a constant battle with the students’ ability
to use the equations that model the concepts in physics. By correlating
the schedules of the two courses and constant communication between
teachers, the students can use the data collected in science class to
discover and practice the development of models and interpretations of
graphs in math class. The alignment of the courses will show students the
relation and application between science and mathematics. This approach
will also allow for more time to conduct experiments and analyze the data,
because students will essentially have two class periods to complete it.
There is no overlapping of class time, that is, the classes are not taught
in two consecutive periods, but students will have a full science period
to collect the data and a full math period to analyze and interpret it.

**Links to Field Trips:**This project is directly linked to all of
the field trips through its emphasis on problem solving. Students are
asked to construct a car that needs to meet specific performance levels,
through the analysis of data, the students need to decide how they can
improve the performance of the car. This project relies on the
interpretation of graphs and the correct interpretation of these graphs to
determine the changes in design of the car. This is also a topic that was
discussed at each of the field trips.

Physics |
Advanced Algebra |

Graph Matching Average Velocity Lab |
Discussion of Linear Functions |

Discussion of Constant Velocity | Graphing "Best Fit" Lines |

Physics 300 - Car Construction / Data Collection |
Using the TI-83® to Graph "Best Fit" Lines |

Physics 300 - Data Collection and Analysis |
Data Collection and Analysis |

Physics 300 - Race / Report |
Data Collection and Analysis Turn in Assessments |