Grade LevelHigh School
AuthorsKelsey Lucas, Kristen L. Cacciatore
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.
Science and Engineering Practices:SP5
MA Science and Technology/Engineering (2016):HS-PS2-2
Common Core Math/Language Arts Standards:
Tagsclosed system, conservation of momentum, conserved, mass, momentum, velocity, vortices
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