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Lesson Overview
Lesson Title:
Using Logger Pro for Video Analysis

Teachers:
Mr. Jerel Welker (Primary)

Brief Description:
The lesson plan is designed to allow students to learn to use Logger Pro to analyze video with the end product being the analysis of a crash test video followed by a discussion of the effectiveness and designs of road safety barriers.

Topics Introduced:
Using computers to analyze high-speed video

Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics Curriculum Framework Components Addressed:
Transportation Systems/ Infrastructure Planning, Management and Regulation
Health, Safety and Environmental Management
Suggested Grade Levels:
9th Grade
10th Grade
11th Grade
12th Grade

Subjects:
Mathematics
Science
Industrial Technology
Engineering
Standards Taught:
12.4.5 Math 2006
12.5.1 Math 2006
12.5.2 Math 2006

Lesson Information
Learning Expectations:

The students will be able to use the data, design graphs, read graphs, and use the scientific method.

Plan Of Action:

Lesson Organization:
The video and external data for the Activities 1, 2, and 3 was collected by rolling a steel ball down a
ramp. A picture of the setup is included in the Appendices. Video of the rolling ball was collected
using a digital video camera and converted to Quicktime movie format. A motion detector was used to
collect distance vs time data after the ball strikes the wall. Both data sets are analyzed with Logger Pro
software available from Vernier (www.vernier.com) which offers a site license for a very nominal fee.
The analysis of data involves a discussion of the following topics:
linear equations,
quadratic equations,
parametric equations,
vectors forming a right triangle,
parabolic curves,
percent difference/change,
piecewise
functions
Pythagorean theorem.
Optionally, trigonometric functions can be used to determine angles of impact and reflection.
Activity 3 uses data provided by the Midwest Roadside Safety Facility (MWRSF http://mwrsf.unl.edu/)
at the University of NebraskaLincoln.
The final activity is more complex because the use of high speed
film requires some additional steps when using Logger Pro software for data analysis.

Data Set Used:


Materials Needed:

The computer lab is needed to fulling analyze the data. Be sure the look over the huge amount of materials listed in the lesson. Logger pro computer program.

Preparation Period:

Make sure the worksheets are run and the video is ready to be downloaded and played.
Possible 2-3 days

Implementation Period:

This lesson should take several days to completely cover all of the material and get the students to throughly understand it.

Science, Math, Engineering and / or Technology Implications:

The lesson plan is designed to allow students to learn to use Logger Pro to analyze video with the end product
being the analysis of a crash test video followed by a discussion of the effectiveness and designs of road safety
barriers.

Considerations for Diversity in Education:

No considerations are necessary.


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