Here is a select set of teaching resources and guidance on how to use virtual labs for teaching Physics. Virtual labs let you and your students engage in science, learning Physics through active participation rather than passive observation.
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|Name|| Masses and Springs
|Overview||In this virtual lab, students have a chance to investigate the relationships that are involved with the mass and spring system in relation to: energy, forces, and simple harmonic motion. For more information see MERLOT material description for Masses and Springs.|
|Grade Levels||Middle school, High school|
|Recommended Lesson Plans||Tips for teachers are included on the Masses and Springs Website|
|Other Lesson Plans|
|Engaging Students where English is a Second Language||Translated versions are available in Spanish, Italian, Dutch, and Slovak|
|Applicable CA Standards||
1. Newton's laws predict the motion of most objects.
c. how to apply the law F=ma to solve one-dimensional motion problems involving constant forces (Newton's Second Law).
Conservation of Energy and Momentum
a. how to calculate kinetic energy using the formula E=(1/2)mv2.
|Assessment Rubrics||Assessments are included with the individual lesson plans on the Masses and Springs website|
|How to Use this Lab|
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|Comments from Fellow Teachers||MERLOT comments for Masses and Springs
|Add Your Comments and Rate It||Use the "Write a comment" link on the right hand side of the MERLOT Material Detail for Masses and Springs.|
|Add your lesson plans to the collection||Use the "Create a learning exercise" link on the right hand side of the MERLOT Material Detail for Masses and Springs.|
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