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| Project Description | First Quarter Projects | Second Quarter Projects | End-of-Year Projects |

 

Each quarter (third and fourth quarters are combined) you will be required to complete a physics project. The projects are designed to provide an alternative means for you to express your understanding of physics and your skills in scientific experimentation and technology usage. You should approach the projects with the idea that the project is "an alternative means for me to tell my teacher what I understand about physics and what I am capable of." In essence, the projects are "open-book tests" - challenging and difficult, but nonetheless a test of your ability and understanding. Each project will be graded by the use of a scoring rubric. The rubrics are tied to the project directions and provide the teacher with a means of assessing your understanding and skills. You are encouraged to read/study the scoring rubric as you procede through the project.

The purpose of this page is to a) provide info about each quarters' projects so that you can survey the project descriptions before picking the project of your choice, b) provide a means for you to access the project descriptions/directions in the event that you lose the copy which the teacher has given you, c) provide a copy of the scoring rubrics so that you might become familiar with the assessment strategy and thus maximize your performance, d) provide internet links to online resources which would provide useful background reading for the successful completion of your projects, and e) provide links to online versions of exemplary (mostly) projects completed by previous GBS students.

 

 

First Quarter Projects

There are a choice of four quarter 1 projects from which to choose. Each project is described on the Overview pages which are linked below. Students should choose a project which best suits their interests and provides the best opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge of physics. You may be interested in taking a short detour to The Refrigerator in order to view some exemplary work from previous years' students who did these very projects.

Tin Pan Alley Overview

Tin Pan Alley Rubric

Highway Patrol Overview

Highway Patrol Rubric

Falling Bodies Overview

Falling Bodies Rubric

Interactive Physics Overview

Interactive Physics Rubric

 

See Exemplars posted on The Refrigerator

 

Another quarter 1 project which is no longer used but not taken off-line is Yellow Light.

 

 

Second Quarter Projects:

There are a choice of four quarter 2 projects from which to choose. Each project is described on the Overview pages which are linked below. Investigate the project descriptions and choose a project which best suits your interests and provides the best opportunity for you to demonstrate your knowledge of physics. You may be interested in taking a short detour to The Refrigerator in order to view some exemplary work from previous years' students who did these very projects.

Interactive Physics Project Overview

Interactive Physics Project Rubric

Potentially Elastic Project Overview

Potentially Elastic Project Rubrics

Momentum Conservation Project Overview

Momentum Conservation Project Rubric

 

See Exemplars posted on The Refrigerator

 

Other quarter 2 projects which are no longer used but have not been taken off-line include Egg Drop Project, Rube Goldberg Project, and VideoWorks Project .

 

 

End of Year Projects

Overview of Year-End Projects and Scoring Rubric and Project Timeline and Lab Report Guidelines and Project Pitfalls and Collaboration Page and Resource Page

Possible Projects:

The Physics of Musical Instruments

The Physics of Automobile Collisions and Automobile Safety

The Physics of Planetary Motion

The Physics of Sports

The Physics of Amusement Parks and Roller Coasters

Sight and Sound in Nature

ET: Extraterestrial Life

Special Relativity

The Physics of Sailing

Physics and Chemistry of Astronomy

 

See Exemplars posted on The Refrigerator

 

Other year-end projects which are no longer used but not taken off-line include:

The Physics of Optical Instruments and Optical Illusions

The Physics of Springs and Spring-like Systems

The Physics of Flight

 


Other online resources for completing your projects are available at:

The Physics Classroom

Multimedia Physics Studio

The Refrigerator

 

The GBS Physics staff invite you to send electronic mail:

| Tom Henderson | Howard Jenewein | John Lewis | Neil Schmidgall | Dave Smith | Suzanne Webb | Brian Wegley |

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Questions and comments can be sent e-mail to Tom Henderson.

 
This page last updated on 4/20/99.

 

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