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Active Physics Lab:  Think Fast

Active Physics Lab: Think Fast

Author: Tamara Ellsworth

Essential Questions of this lab:

  • How can physics knowledge help you to be a safe driver?
  • What is the effect of reaction time on driving?
  • What is human reaction time and how does it affect driving?


This lab investigates the different reaction times of students in simple circumstances.  And then students will measure their reaction time when talking on their cell phone.  The precision of measurement is briefly discussed.  But this lab can lead to or develop discussions on distracted driving.

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Chapter 1 Section 1 Active Physics Lab: Think Fast


Source: Active Physics: A Project-Based Inquiry Approach, Third Edition, Eisenkraft