Grade Level

High School

Topics

Physics

Authors

Kelsey Lucas, Kristen L. Cacciatore

Lesson Summary

Students will apply the conservation of momentum to dolphin swimming. They will examine the concept of a closed system as it relates to a dolphin and the water surrounding it. Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • explain and use the momentum equation (p=mv);
  • describe the differences between closed and open systems; and
  • apply the conservation of momentum to determine an unknown velocity or unknown mass.

 

Standards

Science and Engineering Practices:

SP5

MA Science and Technology/Engineering (2016):

HS-PS2-2

NGSS (2013):

HS-PS2-2

Common Core Math/Language Arts Standards:

 

Tags

closed system, conservation of momentum, conserved, mass, momentum, velocity, vortices

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