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Motion - Toy Train Collision

Created by: Alexander Juden, Southwestern College

Type of activity: hands-on activity

Course level: Intermediate Algebra

Topic: Motion

Materials:

  • Tape measure
  • Stopwatch
  • Two battery powered toy trains (cars, or other) that can travel on the tray of the whiteboard at a constant velocity (ideally, the two trains will have different velocities).
Time required: 30+ minutes

Description: The purpose of this lab is to investigate motion, and the use of the equation d=rt. The velocity of each train will be determined, and then the class will calculate the time/location of a collision between these two trains.

Implementation notes: See attachment.

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