geoPhysics

A collection of single-slide thought-provoking questions followed by a single slide answer. These can be used as a warm-up opener or an exit ticket at the end of class. The purpose of these slides is to enable physics teachers connect core principles of physics to the Earth. 

Recognizing the limited time for adding new topics into the physics curriculum, these resources strive to seamlessly integrate geophysics topics and applications into the existing physics curriculum. For example, students can demonstrate their basic knowledge of waves while calculating the magnitude of an earthquake!  Newton's Laws have to be endlessly applied to car's or boats, but these same principles are in play when considering tectonic plates or seismographs! Thus, by applying the Conceptual Physics approach used by Paul G. Hewitt these resources seek to make connections between the concepts of physics and the study of Earth.

Topics covered in slides include:

  • Newton's First Law
  • Electromagnetic Induction
  • Horizontal and transverse waves
  • Resonance & frequency
  • Electromagnetic spectrum, speed, waves properities
  • Waves and material properities
  • Superposition of waves
  • Kinetic energy and work
  • Attenuation, work, Huygen’s principle
  • Refraction

 


Level: Intermediate

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