AP Physics 1 students participated in a cooperative learning activity
where they had to teach a Part II problem to the rest of the class.
While students were not presenting, they followed along and asked
questions about the problem.
In addition, AP Physics 1 students also used photogate timers to
calculate the acceleration for a dynamics cart moving down a dynamics
track. Students were given no instructions other than their task and had
to work together to plan and execute their own experiment.
Meanwhile in Regents Physics, students dropped different objects from
different heights to calculate and determine the acceleration due to
gravity near the surface of the Earth. Students calculated the percent
error between their value and the accepted value of 9.81 m/s2. Students
also made the conclusion that mass does not influence the flight time
for a projectile.