Halloween Pumpkin Drop Calculus Activity

Yeargroups:

5, 6

Date:

Categories:

Leadership in Learning

Subjects:

Mathematics, Physics

Key Skills:

Being Creative, Communicating, Managing Information & Thinking

Keywords:

calculus, maths, Halloween, differentiation, Leaving Cert Ordinary, tracker

Contributor:

Anonymous

Students Dropped Pumpkins from upstairs windows.

Students videoed dropping pumpkins.

Students used Physics Tracker to measure height of pumpkin at different times during their descent

Students used this data in Geogebra to generate a function for height relative to time.

Students then used calculus on this function to approximate acceleration due to gravity.

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