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written by David Stern
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This unique three-part lesson helps students understand that mass is an inherent property of matter, while weight depends on gravity. Using simple and inexpensive objects, students make mass measurements without the use of gravity, similar to the measurements made aboard the Skylab space mission. The author provides explicit directions for experimental set-up, construction of the inertial balance, background information for teachers, and links to related digital resources.
This item part of an extensive web site, "From Stargazers to Starships", that uses the topics of space exploration and space science to introduce topics in physics and astronomy. Translations in French,
Italian and Spanish are available.
AAAS Benchmark Alignments (2008 Version)
4. The Physical Setting
4D. The Structure of Matter
12. Habits of Mind
12B. Computation and Estimation
This resource is part of a Physics Front Topical Unit.
Topic: Dynamics: Forces and Motion
Unit Title: Newton's First Law & Inertia
This unique lesson helps students understand that inertia is an inherent property of matter, while weight depends on gravity. Using simple and inexpensive objects, students make mass measurements without the use of gravity, similar to the measurements made aboard the Skylab space mission.Link to Unit:
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From Stargazers to Starships: Mass - Measuring Mass on a Space Station:
Is Part Of From Stargazers to Starships
This is a link to the full collection of resources on introductory physics and astronomy by the same author.relation by Caroline Hall
Is Supplemented By Newton's Laws of Motion: Force and Inertia
This is a tutorial on Newton's First law of Motion created by the same author.relation by Caroline Hall
Is a Teaching Guide For Physics Classroom: Inertia and Mass
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