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This activity demonstrates Newton’s Second Law (F=ma), and helps show the relationship between potential and kinetic energy. Students sit on a skateboard in a sling shot configuration, and are accelerated down the hall. Potential energy from the inner tubes (sling shot) is converted into kinetic energy. Materials required for the demonstration include 10 bicycle inner tubes, a helmet, skateboard, stopwatch, and a spring scale. Formulas and a worksheet are provided. The investigation supports material presented in chapter 1, "What is energy?" in the textbook Energy flow, part of Global System Science (GSS), an interdisciplinary course for high school students that emphasizes how scientists from a wide variety of fields work together to understand significant problems of global impact.
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