Day 120: Wrapping up the Momentum Paradigm Lab

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Today we finished the Momentum Paradigm lab by deriving conservation of momentum starting with Newton’s Laws. I said 3 things (exact words);

1. Newton’s 2nd law

2. Newton’s 3rd law

3. Free Body diagrams


About half the class was able to derive conservation of momentum on their own, the other half with hints. It was pretty awesome for them to see that conservation of momentum can be found both empirically as well as theoretically. Quote of the day: “This stuff always blows my mind!”


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