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North Georgia Canopy Tours

Who says physics can’t be fun? They can be very entertaining when you use them to go zip lining. And that’s what we do at North Georgia Canopy Tours in Lula. Of course, we go zip lining with a focus on physics and environmental education. That means getting employees to explain how Sir Isaac Newton’s basic laws influence their jobs. Teachable Moments include explanations of Newton's First Law of Motion, friction, and watersheds.

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Science
Science
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    Discuss

    1. Experiential education, or taking students outdoors, can teach a lot more than just science. What other kinds of skills might be learned from going out into nature?

    2. According to Newton's First Law of Motion, an object in motion will stay in motion and an object at rest will stay at rest unless acted upon by an outside force. If a leaf were to fall from a tree in the canopy, what force(s) would cause the leaf to fall to the ground and what force(s) would keep it at rest once it hits the ground?

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    Vocabulary

    Canopy: the highest layer of branches in a forest or on a tree

    Isaac Newton: English mathematician, astronomer, and physicist who is widely recognised as one of the most influential scientists of all time and a key figure in the scientific revolution

    Laws of Motion: explained by Isaac Newton, the three basic ideas that are applied to the physics of most motion in the physical world

    Zip Line: a pulley suspended on a cable, usually made of stainless steel, mounted on a slope

    Sky Bridge: bridgelike walkway built to cross a large space in the atmosphere

    Watershed: a line of hills or mountains from which rivers drain: a ridge between two rivers

    Continental Divide: also called the Great Divide, is a mountain ridge in western North America; this ridge runs north and south and separates the flow of water on the continent

Special Thanks

Kirk and Leah Watkins, Marie Stringer, Jesina Ellison, Jonathan Marzillano, City of Lula

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