Physics of Boats

Author: Jamie Berger

Area: Physical Sciences

Grade Level: 6-8

Overview:

Through scientific inquiry students learn the physical principals needed in order to build a boat. This is a multi lesson unit. The lessons cover the concepts of density, center of gravity, buoyant force, and center of buoyancy. In the last lesson, students implement these concepts in designing a boat.

 

Standards:

National Science Teaching Standards:
Teachers of science plan an inquiry-based science program for their students.
B. Teachers of science guide and facilitate learning.
C. Teachers of science engage in ongoing assessment of their teaching and of student learning. In doing this, teachers...guide students in self-assessment.
D. Teachers of science design and manage learning environments that provide students with the time, space, and resources needed for learning science.
E. Teachers of science develop communities of science learners that reflect the intellectual rigor of scientific inquiry and the attitudes and social values conducive to science learning. In doing this, teachers; nurture collaboration among students, and structure and facilitate ongoing formal and informal discussion based on a shared understanding of rules of scientific discourse.


Content Standards
Arizona Department of Education
State Academic Standards:
Standard 1: Science As Inquiry
1SC-P2. Compare observations of the real world to observations of a constructed model (e.g., an aquarium, a terrarium, a volcano)
PO 1. Assess the capability of a model to represent a "real world" scenario
1SC-P6. Identify and refine a researchable question, conduct the experiment, collect and analyze data, share and discuss findings
PO 1. Construct a researchable question
PO 2. Employ a research design that incorporates a scientific method to carry out an experiment
PO 3. Analyze experimental data
PO 4. Communicate experimental findings to others
Standard 5 : Physical Science

5SC-P3. Identify, measure, calculate, and analyze qualitative and quantitative relationships associated with energy forms and energy transfer or transformation (e.g., changes in temperature, velocity, potential energy, kinetic energy, conduction, convection, radiation)

PO 1. Identify qualitative and quantitative relationships associated with energy (e.g., heat, mechanical, electrical)
PO 2. Measure quantitative (e.g., heat, mechanical, electrical) relationships associated with energy
PO 3. Calculate quantitative relationships associated with energy (e.g., heat, mechanical, electrical)

 

 Keywords:

			Boat, density, center of gravity, buoyant force, and center of buoyancy
			
 Components
 Lesson Plans (pdf/doc)