Conservation of mechanical energy during free fall   

Shirish Sant, Neha Deshpande, Sugat Dabholkar
Physics, Self-directed
4 class periods (30 min each)
High School / Freshmen Physics


This lesson is about the conservation of mechanical energy during the free fall of an object. Students will explore a computational model of free fall of a ball and make observations regarding changes in its motion and energy. 


Underlying Pages


Next Generation Science Standards
  •   Physical Science
    • [HS-PS2] Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions
    • [HS-PS2-1] Analyze data to support the claim that Newton’s second law of motion describes the mathematical relationship among the net force on a macroscopic object, its mass, and its acceleration.
    • [HS-PS3-2] Develop and use models to illustrate that energy at the macroscopic scale can be accounted for as a combination of energy associated with the motions of particles (objects) and energy associated with the relative positions of particles (objects)
Computational Thinking in STEM
  •   Modeling and Simulation Practices
    • Designing Computational Models
    • Using Computational Models to Find and Test Solutions
    • Using Computational Models to Understand a Concept
    • Constructing Computational Models
    • Assessing Computational Models
  •   Computational Problem Solving Practices
    • Computer Programming
    • Troubleshooting and Debugging
  •   Data Practices
    • Collecting Data


Lesson development - Shirish Sant, Neha Deshpande and Sugat Dabholkar


Topic idea - Shirish 

Illustration - Neha

Model coding - Sugat