Newton BONUS: Visit the Aquatic Center and find somewhere that uses Newton’s laws of motion.
The students are learning all about Newton’s laws of motion and gravity, and also about mass and weight. Mass is how much matter is in an object. Weight is how much gravity is pulling on an object. Gravity pulls harder on the thing that has the greatest mass (or is the heaviest). They will be using all of this information when building their angry birds marshmallow catapults and roller coasters. Have fun making a splash and diving into physics!!
EINSTEIN BONUS: Go Geo-caching around Cedar City.
In our unit on Einstein and relativity, we are learning how modern day GPS uses the theory of relativity because gravity curves space and time which results in orbiting clocks ticking slightly faster on Earth.
“General relativity predicts that time will appear to run slow under stronger gravitational pull which means the clocks on board the satellites will therefore seem to run faster than a clock on Earth. Furthermore, special relativity predicts that because the satellites’ clocks are moving relative to a clock on Earth, they will appear to run slower. The whole GPS network has to make allowances for these effects.” ~Physics.org
Yay for cool science! So go with your family and teach them about all you are learning in class.
You can learn more about it here GPS & Relativity