Force, Motion, Energy
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Ideas and Sample Projects by Grade Level

Measurement of Forces in Physics

Primary School - Grades K-3
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Elementary School - Grades 4-6
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How to Balance Anything [E]
Hula hoops physics [E]
Observe how common household granular materials mix or separate in a tumbler. [E]
Compare friction between dry and icy surfaces by measuring slip angle and slip height. [E]
Conduct Galileo's Famous Falling Objects Experiment [E]
Investigate centripetal forces [E]
See if the size of the nozzle of a balloon affects how far the balloon goes. [P]
Determine if the higher a water source, the higher the water pressure. [E]
Do heavy or light objects fall faster? [E] [E]
Why balls bounce or fail to bounce? [E] [E] [E] [P]
The effect of the surface of an inclined plane has on how far an object rolls. [E]
The effect of the steepness of a slope and mass on collision outcome. [E]
Which surface has the most friction? [P]
Find out if the diameter of a PVC pipe would affect the speed of a small metal ball travelling inside the pipe - explore the relationship of friction and gravity inside the pipe. [E]
Newton's Laws of Motion Science Fair Projects and Experiments
Gravitation and Gravity
Simple Machine Physics Concepts Science Fair Projects and Experiments
Pendulum Science Fair Projects and Experiments
Trebuchet Catapults Science Fair Projects and Experiments
Interdisciplinary Topic: Energy
Middle School - Grades 7-9
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Satellite Science: How Does Speed Affect Orbiting Altitude? [E]
The Physics of Baseball and Hit Charts [E]
Using magnetic levitation to measure gravity [P]
Physics of Vertical Loop Roller Coasters [E] [E]
Coefficient of Restitution: A Comparison of Major League and Little League Baseballs [E]
Investigate the relationship between potential and kinetic energy. [E]
What is the relationship between frequency of handlebar motion and forward speed? [E]
The Height Limits and Linearity of Bouncy Balls [E]
Determine the relation between elapsed time and distance traveled when a moving object is under constant acceleration. [E]
Explore the Forces of Friction [E]
Will a Guitar String Vibrate Forever in the Vacuum of Space? [E]
Calculate the constant velocity at which a person in a spaceship would have to travel from Earth to the edge of the visible universe. [E]
Find the relationship between the resonant frequency of a wire and its length and diameter. [E]
The correlation between a sphere's density and the speed it traveles and the convertion of potential energy into kinetic energy. [E]
Calculating a Projectile's Trajectory [E]
Determine if weight distribution inside a cylinder affects the speed of the cylinder while traveling down a slope. [E]
The Effect of Ball Diameter on the Time It Takes to Fall [E]
Replicate Galileo's falling bodies experiment [E]
Replicate Galileo's inclined plane experiment [E]
Discover the relationship between an applied force and the kinetic energy of a car accelerating on a track. [E]
Find out if larger objects always have more force than smaller objects when they collide. [P]
The effect of mass on the amount of force needed to move it at a steady speed. [P]
How does the height of a ramp affect potential energy of a car? [E]
Newton's Laws of Motion Science Fair Projects and Experiments
Gravitation and Gravity
Simple Machine Physics Concepts Science Fair Projects and Experiments
Pendulum Science Fair Projects and Experiments
Trebuchet Catapults Science Fair Projects and Experiments
Interdisciplinary Topic: Energy
High School - Grades 10-12
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Free Energy: The Science of Perpetual Motion Machines [P] [P]
Can you build a perpetual motion machine (over-unity device)? [E] [E]
Determine if the Coriolis effect can be detected by its influence on water flowing through a coiled hose in a rotating frame of reference. [E]
Research Galileo's Pendulum Experiments [E]
Research Galileo's Work of Projectile Motion [E]
The Effects of Inertia, and the Potential Energy on Different Kinds of Masses, Shapes, and Dimensions [E]
Is the harmonic motion of a pendulum affected by friction? [E]
Test if acceleration remains constant between three different balls - on an inclined wooden plank - with different masses, diameters and materials. [E]
How Much Energy Is Lost to Friction? [E]
A computer program that simulates Newtonian physics [P]
Compare stress-strain curves and Young's modulus for various common materials. [E]
Repeat Eötvös experiment (the correlation between inertial mass and gravitational mass, demonstrating that the two were one and the same) [E] [E]
Does Dark Energy Really Exist? [E] [E]
Newton's Laws of Motion Science Fair Projects and Experiments
Gravitation and Gravity
Simple Machine Physics Concepts Science Fair Projects and Experiments
Pendulum Science Fair Projects and Experiments
Trebuchet Catapults Science Fair Projects and Experiments
Interdisciplinary Topic: Energy
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