What's New
The programs listed below have either been added to the site or significantly modified during the 2017 - 2018 school year.
Normal River Crossing Challenge
Normal Logger Challenge

Challenges students to get as many boats to their targets on the opposite side of a river as possible. In this version the boat will be launched perpendicular to the river and students must set the velocity to get the boat to the target on the other side.

  • Possible Student Directions
  • YouTube of how to use the program.
Rolling Distance Lab
Rolling Distance Lab Picture

In this lab, students will be able to change the radius and the linear speed of a wheel. They can then see how each of these variables affects the angular speed. Students can also look at the relationship between angular distance and linear distance.

  • YouTube video describing the lab
  • Possible student directions
Disk Down Incline Lab
Disk Down Incline Lab Picture

This lab to look at how the moment of inertia affects the motion of a wheel down an incline.

  • YouTube video describing the lab
  • Possible student directions
Speed and Pace of Car
Speed and Pace of Car Picture

This program will make sure students can figure out the speed and pace of a car using basic timing techniques.

  • YouTube video describing the problem
Timing Challenge
Timing Challenge

Students must show that they can successfully time an event using a hand held stopwatch.

  • Possible Student Directions
  • YouTube of how to use the program.
Digital Stopwatch
Digital Stopwatch Picture

This program was created to mimic the behavior of a common type of digital stopwatch. This program can be used to demonstrate to a class how to use this type of stopwatch or it can be used as a stopwatch to time live events.

  • YouTube video describing the tool
Geometry Review Self Test
Geometry Review Self Test

Students must show that they can calculate basic distances, areas and volumes for simple geometric shapes.

  • Possible Student Directions
  • YouTube of how to use the program.
Read the Ruler Challenge
Ruler Challenge

Checks that students are able to measure the lengths of a few different objects.

  • Possible Student Directions
  • YouTube of how to use the program.
Power From Temperature Data
Power From Temperature Data Picture

This program asks students to determine the effective power of an appliance based on the temperature of the sample after different intervals of time. The appliance was not activated at time equals zero and students must determine the time at which the appliance was turned on. Students will be given the mass of the object and the specific heat of the object.

  • YouTube video describing the lab
Power From Energy Data
Power From Energy Data Picture

This program asks students to determine the effective power of an appliance based on the amount of energy that has been absorbed after different intervals of time. The appliance was not activated at time equals zero and students must determine the time at which the appliance was turned on.

  • YouTube video describing the lab
Pressure Based on Temperature
Pressure Based on Temperature Picture

This program asks students to determine the pressure in a sample of gas based on the temperature of the system.

  • YouTube video describing the lab
Pressure Based on Speed
Pressure Based on Speed Picture

This program asks students to determine the pressure in a sample of gas based on the rms speed of the particles.

  • YouTube video describing the lab
Simple Thermal Speed Lab
Simple Thermal Speed Lab Picture

This lab is designed to have students learn the factors affecting the RMS velocity for a sample of gas. The student will be able to set the temperature of the environment and the mass of the particles.

  • YouTube video describing the lab
  • Possible student directions
Avg KE and Temperature Based on Speed
Average KE and T Based on Speed Picture

This program asks students to determine the average KE of a gas molecule in a sample and then find the temperature of the particles that make up the sample based on the rms speed of the particles.

  • YouTube video describing the lab
Avg KE and rms Speed
Average KE and rms Speed Picture

This program asks students to determine the average KE of a gas molecule in a sample and then find the rms speed of the particles that make up the sample.

  • YouTube video describing the lab
Work Done from Horizontal Force with No Friction
Work Done from Horizontal Force with No Friction

Students must determine the work done by a horizontal force when there is no friction acting on the box. Students must then find the speed of the box after this work has been added to the box.

  • YouTube video describing the problem
Work Done from Horizontal Force with Friction
Work Done from Horizontal Force with Friction

Students must determine the work done by a horizontal force when there is a frictional force acting on the box. Students must then find the speed of the box.

  • YouTube video describing the problem
Work Done from Force on Angle with No Friction
Work Done from Force on Angle with No Friction

Students must determine the work done by a force on an angle when there is no friction present between the box and the table. Students must also find the final speed of the box after this work has been added to the box.

  • YouTube video describing the problem
Index of Refraction
Index of Refraction

Use the angle of incidence and the angle of refraction to determine the index of refraction for a material.

  • YouTube video describing the problem
Quick Graph 2.0
Quick Graph 2.0 Picture

This is a major rewrite to the graphing program that adds the following features. Raises the number of allowable data points from 10 to 19. Updates the graphs in real time as you add data points. Allows you to over ride the automatic curve fit with manual graph constant entries.

  • YouTube video describing the lab
  • Possible student directions
Circular Acceleration Lab
Circular Acceleration Picture

This lab is designed to examine the factors that affect the radial acceleration that is felt by a driver that is going around a turn. The acceleration sensor is located on the driver's side of the car. Students will be able to change the radius of the turn and the speed of the car.

  • YouTube video describing the lab
  • Possible student directions
Soccer Kick Challenge
Soccer Kick Challenge

Challenges students to hit as many targets as possible by adjusting the angle of the kick until the angle will create the perfect range for landing on the target.

  • Possible Student Directions
  • YouTube of how to use the program.
Ground to Ground Soccer Kick Lab
Soccer Kick Picture

This lab is designed to have students find the relationships that govern the behavior of a soccer ball that is kicked on an angle. The ball will start on the ground and end on the ground. Students will have control over the speed of the ball, the angle of the kick and the gravitational field on the planet where the kick takes place. Students will be able to measure the maximum height attained by the ball, the time of flight and the horizontal displacement of the projectile.

  • YouTube video describing the lab
  • Possible student directions
Triangle Problems
Triangle Problems

Students must show they are able to find the components of a velocity vector and that they can calculate the velocity vector from the components. Students must be able to get 5 in a row correct to receive credit for this assignment.

  • YouTube video describing the problem
Friction to Projectile Problem
Friction to Projectile Problem

Students must determine the landing location of a projectile that started as a box sliding across a rough surface. Students must first find the speed of the box when it has reached the end of the table and then treat the box as a projectile.

  • YouTube video describing the problem
Horizontal Speed from Projectile
Speed from Horizontal Projectile Problem

Students must determine the horizontal speed of a projectile based on the distance that it travels and other given information. Students must find the time of flight and put it in milliseconds. Finally, students must find the final vertical speed of the projectile. This problem does not take place on Earth.

  • YouTube video describing the problem
Triangle Exploration Lab
Triangle Exploration Lab

This lab is designed to have students look at some of the different relationships that exist in a right triangle. Students will be able to change the x-leg and y-leg of the triangle and then measure the angle and the hypotenuse of the triangle.

  • YouTube video describing the lab
  • Possible student directions
Bernoulli Fountain Principle
Bernoulli Fountain

In this problem you will have water flowing through an underground pipe and then passing into a ground level nozzle to create a fountain. Based on the pressure in the pipe you will find the speed of the water in both sections of the pipe and the maximum height of the fountain.

  • YouTube video describing the problem
Spring Stretch on Other Planet
Spring Stretch Other Planet

Students must find the value of the amount of stretch that will occur to a spring on another planet.

  • YouTube video describing the problem
Flow Rate From Beverage Dispenser
Flow Rate From Beverage Dispenser Problem

Students must determine the flow rate and speed of the water leaving a faucet based on the properties of the beverage dispenser that it is coming from.

  • YouTube video describing the problem
Spring Constant By Measuring Stretch
Spring Constant From Stretch

Students must find the value of the spring constant based on direct measurements of length.

  • YouTube video describing the problem
Stopping Distance Version Two
Stopping Distance Picture

This lab is designed to have students find the relationships that affect the stopping distance and stopping time of a car on a roadway. Students will be able to modify the tires, road surface, the mass of the car, gravitational acceleration and the initial speed of the car. Graphs showing how each factor affects the stopping distance and stopping time can be created from your data.

  • YouTube video describing the lab
  • Possible student directions
Gravitational Force For Ship On KBO
Force Gravity Kuiper Belt Object

Students must find out the strength of the gravitational force on a ship that is at rest on a Kuiper Belt Object (KBO).

  • YouTube video describing the problem
Decay Constant and Half-Life From Data
Image for Decay Constant and Half-Life from Data Problem

In this problem you must determine the decay constant and half-life of an isotope based on the activity data of the isotope as a function of time.

  • YouTube video describing the problem
Activity of an Isotope
Image for Activity of an Isotope

In this problem you must determine the activity of a radioactive sample by measuring the counts per minute that are detected by a sensor.

  • YouTube video describing the problem
Speed Of Pac-Man 2 Dimensional
Speed of Pac-Man 2D

Students must determine the speed of Pac-Man in the x-direction, y-direction and in total.

Speed Of Pac-Man Linear
Speed of Pac-Man Linear

Students must determine the speed of Pac-Man in different units based on their timing of him across the x-axis.