Physics at Mass Academy is taught by Mr.
Ellis. The course covers various topics involving both Algebra and
Calculus with an emphasis on following the correct process in arriving
at an answer and communicating that process in a neat and effective
manner. In addition, this course prepares us for the AP Physics 1 or
AP Physics C exam based on which track the student chooses to follow.
Uber problems challenge us
to apply the concepts learned in class towards multi-stage scenarios.
In this particular problem, we were tasked with applying kinematics
and projectile motion to solve for the total time the rocket spends
in the air.
In the Penny Drop
Lab, we experimented with dropping a penny from varying heights and
measuring the time required to reach the ground. Using these
datapoints, we derived a curve of best fit, using which the expected
acceleration value could be calculated. This value was compared with
the theoretical acceleration of gravity to find the effectiveness of
our model and data collection process.