Today, the physics classes participated in the “Physics 500”.
Students worked with their teams to measure distance and time for a variety of different “races” (hopping on one leg, walking backward, heel-to-toe, skipping, etc.).
Students then identified which races could be repeated over a longer distance with maximum consistency, and performed these races as time trials in an attempt to determine a mystery distance.
This activity introduced several key physics ideas, including the concepts of acceleration, average speed, maximum speed, and systematic error.