Grade 11 Physics                           NAME: ________________

DYNAMICS ASSIGNMENT: REACHING HIGHER SPEEDS

YOUR TASK:

Your task is to find out information on a topic involving motion, forces and / or friction.   Your topic may involve either an object which moves or an activity or sport which involves movement.   Include the following, keeping in mind that some items in this list won’t apply to all topics.

  • History of device or activity
  • How it works
  • Friction associated with the device or activity and the control of friction
  • Other forces involved in moving or slowing down device / activity
  • Technological innovations used to increase speed, with explanation
  • Highest or lowest or typical speeds reached
  • Safety concerns
  • Pictures of the device or activity
  • Costs / benefits of these technologies used to increase speed
  • Any other interesting facts

    GROUP SIZE
    You may work in groups of three or two on this project, or individually.   Due date is Tuesday, March 20th.

    SCHEDULE
    Library Computer Days
                Thursday, March 7
                Friday, March 8

    Final "Sharing" Session: final due date is Tuesday, March 20th.   For PowerPoint presentations, an LCD projector and laptop computer (connected to the school network, will be available).

    FORMAT
    You will deliver a PowerPoint presentation on your topic, minimum 12 pages long. We will have a "sharing session" where your group will quickly run through the PowerPoint Presentation.

    POWERPOINT POINTERS
    PowerPoint Presentation:
    This will focus on providing information on the technical aspects of the type of energy (how it works) and impacts on society and the environment.   Your focus should be on improving the quality of your delivery.  

    I expect to see on your PowerPoint:
  • No paragraphs or blocks of text
  • Minimal use of full sentences, or none at all
  • Point form bullets
  • Attractive and pertinent graphs
  • Avoidance of "overly busy" or garish backgrounds which make overlying text impossible to read.
  • Simple, uncluttered pages.   If in doubt, use less information per page rather than more information, and add additional pages.
  • Avoidance of unnecessary detail which will bore your audience


    The student presenters will:
  • be facing the audience at all times, either directly or at a slight angle
  • NOT read blocks of text from the PowerPoint
  • use the point form notes on the PowerPoint as a guide to stay organized
  • add extra information which does not appear on the PowerPoint, in a natural, conversational style
  • be well rehearsed and know their topic
  • have a clear voice, loud enough to be heard by everyone
  • try for expression in your tone of voice

    POSSIBLE TOPICS
    Basically, you may choose anything that moves. I suggest you pick something you have a personal interest in. Please note that many of these topics can be broken down as smaller sub-topics and done by different groups.
    1. -planes (propeller)
    2. -jet planes
    3. -ultra light planes
    4. -hang gliders
    5. -skydiving
    6. -the dynamics behind a person falling out of a jet aircraft and surviving
    7. -trains, including MagLev
    8. -space exploration vehicles (such as the space shuttle or one of the various space probes)
    9. -skateboards
    10. -satellites in a sustained orbit
    11. -speed skaters
    12. -roller bladers
    13. -motion of living things (many different topics) such as:
    14.         -dolphins or other aquatic mammals
    15.         -birds which fly vast distances
    16.         -streamlined fish species
    17. -motion of military armanents such as long range missiles
    18. -hockey skaters
    19. -cross country skiers
    20. -running shoes as worn by high performance athletes
    21. -elite cyclists
    22. -downhill skiers
    23. -sail boats (pick one)
    24. -ice boats
    25. -motorcycles
    26. -dirt bikes
    27. -race cars
    28. -automobiles
    29. -streamlined athletic clothing such as worn by cyclists, speed skaters etc.
    30. -motion of elite athetes such as (pick one) swimmers, runners,
    31. _______________________
    32. ________________________



  • EVALUATION

    title:     informative, neat, attractive                                                         

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    addresses technologies / innovations which increase speed, other facts about speed

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    includes at least 1 labelled diagram

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    addresses costs

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    indicates a typical or record speed achieved

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    PowerPoint well organized

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    neatly presented, considerable effort * put into it

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    references listed; variety of resources used (min. 3)

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    TOTAL

    20 marks

     

     

     


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