PORTAL “BOUNCING” AND OSCILLATIONS, LESSON 1
Portal “Bouncing” and Oscillations, Lesson 1
Scott H. Hawley, Ph.D
School / Organization, City and State / Province
Belmont University, Nashville, TN
Frameworks PS2.C: Stability and instability in systems (5th through 12th)
Frameworks PS4.A: Properties of waves—Amplitude (by end of grade 8)
Frameworks Practice 4: Graphing
- What is an oscillation?
- How does an oscillation in Portal 2 compare to oscillations in the real world?
- How can you measure and graph an oscillation?
Students see that they can create an oscillation by passing through two portals themselves or by dropping a cube through two side-by-side portals. They observe what happens and discover that they can measure the period of the oscillation and graph its motion.
Oscillating, Oscillator, Oscillation, Friction, Period
Experience with a stopwatch and graphing; familiarity with the term friction
Teacher Materials Needed
Student Materials Needed
A stopwatch, Graph paper