experiMENTALS: Bouncing balls

Primary KLA:
Science and Technology
Secondary KLA:
Educational levels:
Year 5, Year 6, Year 7, Year 8, Year 11, Year 12


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This resource contains a materials and instruction list and brief explanation for students to observe what happens when two different sized balls are dropped independently or in vertical contact. The simple explanation relates to transfer of energy.

NSW syllabus outcomes

(SC4-6WS) follows a sequence of instructions to safely undertake a range of investigation types, collaboratively and individually

(SC4-7WS) processes and analyses data from a first-hand investigation and secondary sources to identify trends, patterns and relationships, and draw conclusions

(SC4-10PW) describes the action of unbalanced forces in everyday situations

(SC4-11PW) discusses how scientific understanding and technological developments have contributed to finding solutions to problems involving energy transfers and transformations

Australian curriculum content descriptions

(ACSSU117) Change to an object’s motion is caused by unbalanced forces acting on the object

(ACSSU118) Earth’s gravity pulls objects towards the centre of the Earth

(ACSIS125) Collaboratively and individually plan and conduct a range of investigation types, including fieldwork and experiments, ensuring safety and ethical guidelines are followed

(ACSIS130) Summarise data, from students’ own investigations and secondary sources, and use scientific understanding to identify relationships and draw conclusions

More information

Resource type:
Interactive Resource
ScOT topics:
Forces and energy, Momentum
File type:
ABC - eXperiMentals
Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Date created:
Friday, 30 October 2009

Resource ID: 447a5366-ada6-4656-a2d4-828f31d59755