North Georgia Canopy Tours
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.
Construct an explanation using Newton's Laws of Motion to describe the effects of balanced and unbalanced forces on the motion of an object.
Plan and carry out an investigation that demonstrates how surface water and groundwater act as the major agents of physical and chemical weathering.
Construct an explanation that relates the past and present actions of ice, wind, and water to landform distribution and landscape change.
Ask questions to investigate and communicate how humans depend on Earth's land and water resources, which are distributed unevenly around the planet as a result of past geological and environmental processes.
Construct an explanation based on evidence using Newton's Laws of how forces affect the acceleration of a body.
- Explain and predict the motion of a body in absence of a force and when forces are applied using Newton's 1st Law (principle of inertia).
- Calculate the acceleration for an object using Newton's 2nd Law, including situations where multiple forces act together.
- Identify the pair of equal and opposite forces between two interacting bodies and relate their magnitudes and directions using Newton's 3rd Law.
Use mathematical representations to calculate magnitudes and vector components for typical forces including gravitational force, normal force, friction forces, tension forces, and spring forces.
Construct an explanation based on experimental evidence to support the claims presented in Newton's three laws of motion.
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?
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
Kirk and Leah Watkins, Marie Stringer, Jesina Ellison, Jonathan Marzillano, City of Lula
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