o What sounds interesting about this project?
The fastest ball challenge sounded interesting and since it applies some of what we learned in physics and also mathematics, I thought it may be something unique.
o What do you think you can learn from this project?
I think I can learn how we can make use of different factors to make a ball travel faster and also learn new things on physics or maybe even math that may be useful to me in the future.
o Any immediate questions regarding the project?
- What did you do today?
o Briefly describe your day’s activities
The first activity we did was the fastest ball challenge where we were given quite sometime to adjust the angle of the ramp such that the speed of the ball will be the fastest. We were also supposed to adjust the photo-gates. After that, we were given a challenge to make the ball have the same speed as the speed given by the professor. We had to make sure that we adjust the ramp and the place where the ball was released, so that the speed was the same as the given one. After that, we were given three spheres of different sizes and we were asked to choose the one that we think would reach the bottom of a tube of soap first. My team concluded that the largest one will be the fastest and we were right. After that we were given heavyweight and lightweight objects and we were required to pick two and test out which one would be the fastest.
- What did you learn today?
o Discuss any learning points from today’s activities
Today I learned how trigonometry can actually be used to find the angle of the ramp since we were having some trouble measuring the angle. We also learned how the shape and also the mass of objects could affect the speed of which it moves.
- How do you feel about today’s activities?
o Describe how the project has affected your understanding of the discipline and how it may be applied elsewhere
It also taught me how to think quick since the fastest ball challenge only allowed us a little time to meet the criteria so quick thinking is an important skill.
o Share your insights for the day
Today was actually really fun and I enjoyed the day a lot with my team mates. The challenges made me look forward to another day doing projects.