Physics Olympics

Feb. 27, 2018 | The Olympic Games might have ended two days ago but Ms. Rowell’s class is still practising their bobsled skills with the help of copious quantities of kinetic energy!
 
As part of their unit on work and energy, Ms. Rowell’s class applied an Olympic theme to their experiments with the work-energy theorem. In teams of three, one student would act as the “rider” of a wheeled platform while another student (the “pusher”) would apply force over a given distance to create a change in the kinetic energy. The third member of the team was tasked with calculating the speed of the rider to determine how much work the pusher had exerted. The students also participated in two other events to test similar theories.
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Bishop's College School is an independent English-language boarding and day school for grades 7 to 12 in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada.