Skydive Into Forces
- Use an arrow to represent a force.
- Make a schematic drawing of a falling object indicating gravity, air resistance, and speed.
- Predict how and explain why changing the air resistance of an object affects how fast it falls.
- Explain how parachutes can create safer landings.
Forces, which we might instinctively describe as pushes and pulls, are acting on us at all times, but we cannot always see them. This hands-on lesson offers a fun opportunity to explore "invisible" forces like gravity and air resistance. Students will build parachutes and investigate how they allow skydivers to safely land.
NGSS AlignmentThis lesson helps students prepare for these Next Generation Science Standards Performance Expectations:
For each group of 2 students, you will need:
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