Illuminations: Maintaining the Balance

In this lesson for grades 3‑5, students participate in activities in which they focus on patterns and relations that can be developed from the exploration of balance, mass, length of the mass arm, and the position of the fulcrum.

The focus of this lesson is determining the position necessary to balance uneven objects and the effect on balance of moving the fulcrum.

 

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Science Topics
Physics
Math Topics
Measurement & Time
K-6, Educator
3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade

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