TENNESSEE SCIENCE UNIT 

UNIT TITLE 
Calculating Speed and Acceleration 

AUTHOR(S) 
Ann Campbell and Iris Trent 

COURSE/ GRADE LEVEL 
Honors Algebra I/Physical Science 

CONTENT AREA 
Math/Science 
TOPIC 
Math – transforming formulas/unit conversion and graphing Science – speed and acceleration


TIME FRAME 
50 Minutes 
NUMBER OF LESSONS 
6 Lessons 

TARGETED TENNESSEE
STANDARDS/ 
Science Standard 1.0 
Math Standard


SUMMARY OF PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT 
Students should be able to distinguish between speed and velocity, calculate velocity and acceleration, explain the relationship between kinetic and potential energy. Students should be able to transform and evaluate formulas using the data collected during inquiry. Students should be able to make a scale drawing. 

OVERVIEW OF STUDENT LEARNING ACTIVITIES 

The students will gain an understanding of related math and science vocabulary pertaining to unit using a Jeopardy game. 

The students will explore the effect of kinetic and potential energy as well as speed and acceleration in the design of roller coasters via the Internet. 

How Does a Roller Coaster Work? Incorporating Technology 

The students will learn to transform formulas needed to calculate speed, velocity, and acceleration. 

The students will learn how to apply ratios as related to scales and blueprints. 

The students will experiment the concepts of motion and energy by using the Slowest Coaster Lab. Pictures of student roller coasters and scale drawing 

The students will finalize their coaster design. 
