I am back to school now for another new year. This year I hope to expand on my use of the Tracker software in my Physical Science classes.
Since many of my students have a smart phone, I want them to take video of their rocket blast off so they can incorporate the video into the video analysis program.
They will learn how to calculate the velocity and acceleration using Tracker by tracking the their rocket in the video. I’ll be starting the Rocket project next week to be completed by the end of the week.
The Tracker software will also do some basic statistical analysis such as finding the mean and standard deviation of a given data. I’m still playing with this and I’m not sure how best to introduce this aspect to my students.
A lot of the analysis depends on the quality and position of the video taken of the rocket blast off. The video should be at exactly 90 degrees for best analysis. I’ll have another post when we are ready to go to Mars.
We have off the first week of October off so we’ll aim for blast-off the week of the 9th. Stay tuned.
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