Auto Safety

Materials: None

Time Allotment: 2 Class Days


This makeup lab is unique from most others in that it does not actually involve a laboratory exercise. Rather, this makeup lab involves the completion of a writing assignment which demonstrates your understanding of the impulse-momentum change theorem.

The Assignment:

The impulse - momentum change theorem identifies the various factors which effect the amount of force exerted on an object during a collision. This theorem has inescapable implications upon the safety of passengers in automobiles. Write several paragraphs in which you

In your writing, use complete sentences and the language of physics.



Your writing assignment/makeup lab will be assessed using the following scoring rubric.

1. "Technical Merit"

Demonstrated a clear understanding of the variables effecting the forces acting upon a passenger; applied the momentum-impulse theorem to produce an intelligent discussion of auto safety principles.

0 - 3

Discussions and explanations are brief and hasty; effectiveness of writing is hindered by many serious errors or omissions; demonstrated little or no understanding of physics

4 - 5

Discussions and explanations are superficial; attention not given to specifics of the physics; too vague;includes a few detrimental errors

6 - 7

Discussion and explanations involve depth and specifics; analysis and applications were clear and organized; demonstrated a perfect understanding and application of physics

2. "Artistic Expression"

Writing was word processed and layout was neat, organized, and attractive; writing reflects an organized and sequential flow of ideas and effective transitions.


Layout is sloppy; appears to have been hastily done during the available 15 minutes prior to class; demonstrates a lack of pride in one's work.

1 - 2

Word processor was used; layout and/or writing lacks organization and neatness.



Word processor was used; layout was organized and neat; thoughts were expressed fluently.


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