Georgia Perimeter College Physical Science for Middle School Teachers

### Course Developers: Mr. Martin Okafor, Dr. Michael Denniston,  Mr. Larry Krumenaker, Dr. Margaret Venable, Dr. Pamela Gore Georgia Perimeter College Ms. Susan Brooks City Schools of Decatur

Related Web Sites
Pre-test
Tools of Science
Metric System

Science and Measurement

National Institute for Standards and Technology page on International System of Units (SI)
Metric converter
Metric information
Chem Tutor - units and measures
Metric conversion calculator
Science made simple online metric convertor
Conversion of units
All you need to know about metric for everyday life
NIST Metric Pyramid (copy master)

Scientific Method
Writing step-by-step instructions
What is Science? Bruce Railsback, UGA
PB&J Assignment.
Another PB&J
Still another PB&J
Forces
1. Mechanics: Mass and Motion of Objects

Motion of objects

Motion Assignment and Projectile Motion Activity
Vectors and scalars
Distance and Displacement
Speed and Velocity
Acceleration
Vector diagrams
Position vs. Time Graphs
Slope of Position vs. Time Graphs

Forces and Motion
Newton's Laws of Motion

SixFlags Physics/Physical Science Workbook (HS)
Six Flags Math/Physics/Science Workbook (MS)
Physics Lab, National Institute of Standards and Technology

Newton's Laws (The Physics Classroom)
Hammer and Feather video
Hammer and feather video2
Free-body Force Diagram

2. Forms and Transformations of Energy; Work and Energy;  Gravity;  Heat

Work, Energy and Power

Simple Machines

See Weekly Schedule Lever an obelisk (NOVA - PBS)
Kneed more leverage (NASA)
Kneed more work (NASA)
Tensile strength - pulley (NASA)
Simple Machines (NASA)
Complex machines - Rube Goldberg Contest (Argonne National Lab)

Who or What is Rube Goldberg? (Argonne NL)
Rube Goldberg Honda video
Simple Machines (Franklin Institute)
Simple Machines (Kennesaw)
Roller Coaster Physics
Crazy Coasters - Marble roller coaster activities
Roller Coaster Science

Gravity

How much would you weigh on another planet?

See Weekly Schedule
2. Electrical Force (Electrostatics and Electricity)
Electric Charge and Electric Force

How Electricity is Generated

Electrical Safety

See Weekly Schedule Electric charge, electric field and electric current - NASA
What is static electricity?
Energy Kids Page - Electricity- A secondary energy source (Energy Information Administration)
How batteries work
Build a lemon battery
Building a battery
When life gives you lemons, build electricity
3. Magnetic Forces and Magnetism

Magnets and Electromagnets

Assignments, Activities, Quiz
Magnetism (NASA Stargazers)
Experiments with Electricity and Magnetism
Lenz's Law video (magnet in copper tube)
Simplest Electric Motor in the World video
What is the Magnetic Field? video
Electricity and Magnetism Hand Rules video
How to build a simple electric motor, plus how it works video

Mechanical and Electromagnetic Waves
1. Mechanical Waves - Sound Waves
Waves
Sound Assignment
NSF Physics Classroom Resources
National Science Digital Library
Activity-Based Physics - UMD Study Works! Online - The Physics Classroom
Physics Tutorial
Sound Waves and Music
Light Waves and Color
Newton's Laws
1D Kinematics
Multimedia Physics Studio
Physics Help, Graphing Practice, etc.
Making Waves
NASA Explores -Waves
Sound
Hearing in Mono or Stereo
The Wind-Up and the Pitch
The Halls are Alive with the Sound of Music
The Sounds of Science
NASAExplores - Sound Waves
NASAExplores - Speed of Sound
NASAExplores - How Fast Is Sound?
NASAExplores - Sonic Booms
2. Electromagnetic Waves
Electromagnetic Radiation - Light and Optics
Electromagnetic Wave Assignment Science Trek - Electromagnetic Waves
NASA Explores - Lessons and online resources for National Science Standards
Physics of Light and Color - interactive Java tutorials - Wave basics
Physics of Light and Color - interactive Java tutorials - Particle and Wave Reflection
Physics of Light and Color - interactive Java tutorials - Particle and Wave Refraction
The Physics Classroom - How Do We Know Light Behaves as a Wave?
The Physics Classroom - Color and Vision
The Physics Classroom - Reflection and Its Importance
The Physics Classroom - Refraction at a Boundary
The Physics Classroom - Color and Vision - Light Absorption, Reflection, and Transmission
The Transmission of Wave through Dense media -- Reflection and Refraction

Optics

Optics Assignment
Diagram of the Eye
Concave mirror simulation
Convex mirror java simulation
3-D Mirror simulation
Lens and mirror simulations
Converging and diverging lenses
How the eye and retina work like a camera
How eyeglasses work

Forces of Nature
1. Gravitational Force

Gravity

Assignments, Activities, Quiz How much would you weigh on another planet?
Atoms and Chemistry - The Scientific View of the Nature of Matter
Properties of Matter - Atoms and the Periodic Table

Atoms

The Periodic Table

Bonding and naming chemical compounds

Molecules, molecular masses and the mole

Solids, Liquids and Gases

Gases

Plasma

Assignment 1 - Matter
Funny Water
Chemistry Puns
Density Demonstration - Floating Cans
Liquids and solids assignment

Periodic Table from National Institute for Standards and Technology
WebElements Periodic Table
Periodic Table
Periodic Table
Mixtures, Elements and Compounds game (Rags to Riches)
Tom Lehrer song, The Elements
Chemistry Experiments

Characteristics of Typical Plasmas
Experimenting with Plasma (grades 5-8) - NASA
NSF Chemistry and Materials Classroom Resources
Physical and Chemical Changes activities for Middle School

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Georgia Perimeter College,
Clarkston, GA

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