Measuring Motion

Go on an African safari and observe a variety of animals walking and running across the savanna. Videotape the animals, and then play back the videotape to estimate animal speeds. Which animals run fastest?

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LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

  • Use estimation techniques to measure the distance an animal runs or walks.
  • Understand the meaning of speed.
    • For example, interpret a speed of 5 m/s to mean that an animal moves 5 meters each second.
  • Divide distance by time to calculate speed.
  • Measure and compare the running speeds of several African mammals.
VOCABULARY:
  • distance, speed

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