Tuesday, January 27, 2009


Physics teacher Sally Hair writes: Students in Beta Physics had an exciting start to the second semester today. They went to the gym for Physics class and experienced the "Big Swing," part of the 9th grade physical education program. Students donned climbing harnesses and were pulled up to the top of the gym by classmates. They released one of the two the ropes holding them and swung in an arc about 5 meters vertically and 15 meters horizontally. Students will use a video of the swing to analyze their motion. They will calculate the potential energy before the swing and the the kinetic energy at the bottom of the swing. We are highly optimistic that energy will be conserved.