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Physics Explorations and Projects

This book contains over 30 guided-inquiry-based investigations for physics students to explore and analyze key physics concepts included in NGSS.


Physics Explorations and Projects is a collection of laboratory investigations aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Most included investigations set up a situation for students to explore and analyze with some guidance from the instructor—a guided-inquiry format that is very different from traditional laboratory experiments that provide step-by-step instructions. The activities are editable and appropriate for high school students from 9th grade to AP Physics. Sample results are included with the extensive instructor information.

Due to the nature of these activities, minimal instruction is provided for software use and data analysis. Instructor experience with Vernier sensors and software is recommended.

Included with Physics Explorations and Projects

Electronic Version

  • Over 30 experiments, challenges, and project outlines
  • Access to up-to-date versions of the experiments
  • Essential instructor information including teaching tips, important discussion points, and sample data and graphs
  • Word-processing files of the simple student instructions, so you can edit the files to match your students’ experience and need for guidance
  • Suggested supplies lists
  • A generous site license—buy one book and duplicate the experiments for your class

Printed Lab Book

When you buy the printed lab book you receive all of the resources listed for the electronic version, plus a printed copy of the book.

Table of Contents

    Unit 1: Motion and Forces
  1. Constant Motion and Changing Motion
  2. Balanced Forces and Unbalanced Forces
  3. Gravitation on Earth
  4. Newton’s Second Law
  5. Projectile Challenge
  6. Unit 2: Systems with External or Internal Forces
  7. Impulse and Momentum
  8. Equilibrium of Forces
  9. Circular Motion
  10. Conservation of Momentum
  11. Egg Protection Challenge
  12. Unit 3: Work and Mechanical Energy
  13. Springs Making Things Move
  14. Kinetic Energy and Mass
  15. Work and Kinetic Energy
  16. Work Done by Gravity
  17. Energy in Collisions
  18. Rube Goldberg Machine
  19. Unit 4: Electrical Energy
  20. Charge and Charge Models
  21. Coulomb’s Law, Fields, and Potentials
  22. Measuring Electric Current
  23. Conservation of Charge
  24. Voltage in a Circuit
  25. Battery Challenge
  26. Unit 5: Electromagnetism
  27. Magnetic Field of a Current
  28. Current from a Changing Field
  29. Generating Electricity
  30. Speaker
  31. Unit 6: Waves and Light
  32. Wave Speed on a String
  33. Speed of Sound
  34. Interference and Diffraction
  35. Sound and Loudness
  36. Wave Communication Challenge
  37. Unit 7: Energy Revisited
  38. Energy Storage in Capacitors
  39. Oscillations
  40. Heat as Energy Transfer
  41. Solar Cells
  42. Rube Goldberg Machine Revisited

Ordering Information

All prices are for U.S. educators.

NameOrder CodePriceQuantity
Physics Explorations and Projects (Electronic Download)PEP-E$40
Physics Explorations and ProjectsPEP$48

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