Students will calculate average speed of a marble going down a ruler. They will graph the data and then hypothesize about the average speed of the marble going down a one meter ramp.

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This is an inquiry lab using meter sticks and marbles. Concepts involving average speed, data collection, graphing, extrapolation and interpolation of data. This lab leads to students discovering concepts such as acceleration, friction and momentum.
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Students use meter sticks and a marble to record average speed at two different distances. They record and graph the data, then interpolate the location at a further distance. Extensions and open inquiry options available.
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This is a guided inquiry lab using a ramp, changing the slope of the ramp and collecting data using one variable affecting speed.
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Average speed lab calculations with a ramp and using various types of balls. The mass of these balls must be calculated. Good vareity of balls include tennis, golf, ping pong, bouncy, marble, soft baseball, hand ball, etc.
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by Carol Hagen

How to make a graph.
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