FERRY MOTION: SPEED & ACCELERATION ACROSS THE SOLENT!
Designed to support a school trip to Red Funnel Ferries
SCIENCE Key Stage 4
Variants: Low Ability students
Motion and Force
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During their ferry crossing students will experience the effects of forces and acceleration caused by forces.
Whilst on the ferry students could calculate the speed of the ferry. They can go on to calculate the time, distance and acceleration of the ferries.
Students can then represent their ferry journey on a velocity-time graph.
This on-site resource is for students at key stage 4 and relates to the ‘Motion and Forces’ part of the Science National Curriculum, focusing on acceleration caused by forces, the quantitative relationship between acceleration, change in velocity and time.
The tasks link to their journey on board the Red Funnel vehicle ferry. The task then encourages students to compare their data to the Red Jet passenger ferry.
This is a resource that is designed to be completed on-site, with students recording data relating to the speed and acceleration during the journey on the Red Funnel ferry.
Students can complete a ‘Speed & Acceleration’ worksheet that relates to their experiences of the various activities. Students can also use data to make comparisons between the Red Funnel vehicle ferry and the Red Jet passenger ferry. Some students will then apply their knowledge of the ferry journey to complete a velocity-time graph.
Ideally, teachers will have introduced students to the concept of velocity as a vector quantity. The calculations part of the worksheet could be completed pre-visit if desired.
Key Skills Practised
Carrying out calculations
Application of knowledge
Manipulating data into a graphical form
Use of formulae. Completion of time-velocity graphs.
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