Exploring Projectile Motion Using an Interactive Simulation

ANOTHER INTERESTING topic in physics is projectile motion. It is a little more challenging than horizontal motion and free fall, because, in fact, it involves both. Projectiles move vertically and horizontally at the same time. If we look around, a lot of things move that…

Linking Physics Lessons to Disaster Consciousness Month

JULY IS the National Disaster Consciousness Month in the Philippines. National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council work with other agencies in promoting awareness on emergencies and disasters. The efforts are usually focused on typhoons and flashfloods. Earthquakes, too, are a potential hazard to our…

I’m Here at the IT-DATE 2!

IF THERE is one thing I have always love about teaching at a Regional Science High School is the vast opportunity for teacher training, especially those that are sponsored or organized by the Department of Science and Technology or by the University of the Philippines…

Playing with PhET Simulation: Lunar Lander

LEARNING PHYSICS has been viewed by many as dragging and difficult. A lot would say, “I hate learning physics,” but with physics simulations from PhET, not anymore. When teaching velocity and acceleration, you can use this fun simulation called the Lunar Lander, where players attempt…

Video Tutorial: Creating a Map with Google Maps

HERE’S THE first video tutorial I made for my third year students. I asked them to create maps using Google Maps and they will describe their trip home with kinematics. I made a short (less than five minutes) tutorial video and here it is:  …

e-Learning in Physics: Hopes and Fears

THERE’S A gazillion of learning opportunities in the web today and if we can only harness its full potential, we can enhance the students’ learning experience and, consequently, improve their performance. There is wisdom behind the Department of Education’s Cyber Education Project (CEP). Had traditional…

Why does the Moon appear Red during a Lunar Eclipse?

WE EXPERIENCED a lunar eclipse last night, June 15, 2011. Unfortunately, due to cloudy skies, we failed to witness the moon turn into a reddish glowing sphere in the night sky. It should have been an amazing spectacle.   But why does the moon look…

The Bottle School Project: A Tool for Teaching

MY WHOLE family listened to my interview on Bombo Radyo GenSan last Sunday. When I returned home, my Nanay  told me, “I never thought your project is this big.” I knew what my mother meant. She did not expect us to go to great lengths…