Spin Me Around: Building a Conceptual Understanding of Circular Motion


October 14, 2017
Led by: Cat Garland and Claire DeChant

If fidget spinners are any indication, students LOVE studying circular motion! In this 3-hour workshop we will spend time in both student-mode and teacher-mode building a conceptual understanding of circular motion by using a combination of hands-on exploration and practicing explaining our understanding using multiple representations (oral, written, pictorial, equations). All the activities consist of manipulatives that are inexpensive to purchase or make. We will specifically focus on ways of describing circular motion, forces and force diagrams, tangential velocity and centripetal acceleration in situations ranging from satellite orbits to roller coasters.

Workshop Materials
STEM Teachers NYC Circular Motion (Powerpoint)
Circular Motion Card Sort (Powerpoint)
Circular Motion Circle Up Key Terms (.DOC)
Circular Motion Key Understandings (.DOC)