Study of inclined plane efficiency Study of inclined plane efficiency

Author: Nadia Circu


Implemented in: Czech Republic, Italy, Slovakia and Spain

The aim of the GP is to teach the students recognition and graphical representation of forces acting on an object moving on an inclined plane and an object moving vertically, by showing them computer simulations and real experiments. Students have to make accurate measurements of the inclined plane experiment, calculating the efficiency of an inclined plane using a spreadsheet and finally they have to make graphical representations of its efficiency as a function of tilt angle.

Success stories

The Spanish teacher, who said that he teaches this topic to his classes every year, but using a different methodology, praised the method of combining lab and computer simulations, as he noticed the increased interest of the students in this topic. Therefore he will continue implementing this GP in the future and he will adapt the lab work to his equipment. A Czech teacher said that as his students had already learned about the inclined plane the year before, he implemented this GP in English, so that the students would get to practise their English and of course to review and build on what they had already learned before. He gave very good feedback, as he said that the students did not have problems with the English, but even remembered some phrases that they repeat every time they talk about the inclined plane (“Pushing up, pushing up the inclined plane”). Furthermore, he noticed that his students had remembered quite a lot from before and could apply their knowledge very well to the GP. An Italian teacher gave similar feedback to that of the Spanish teacher, saying that “the strength of the GP lies in the combination of inquiry-based learning, traditional lab and use of technology: a rail and a trolley with the integration of a worksheet on the Interactive Whiteboard (IWB), Java applets and videos.”

Materials Materials

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