St. Mary's Dominican High School

Shake, Race, and Roll

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The Physical Science & Physical Science Honor classes have been studying motion, speed, velocity, and acceleration. The activity “Shake, Race, and Roll” involved the students using toy cars that are self-propelled when shaken. Students did several trials with their car, collecting & recording data for distance and time, then calculating average speed for their trial and for the group. In a second part, their car’s trials were timed for a uniform distance and data was recorded for time, average speed, and acceleration. Distance-Time graphs and Velocity-Time graphs were then created by each group using the data they collected.

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