I recently blogged that you can now play Angry Birds in your web browser. This opens up all sorts of video analysis possibilities for physics lessons and assessment. Students can easily make their own videos or you can pre-record your own. Videos can be recorded using Jing, Screencast-O-Matic, or Camtasia Studio. Analysis can be done in Logger Pro or Tracker.
Here are some possible investigations to carry out (shared by Michael Magnuson on the WNYPTA email list):
1. Make a reasonable estimate for the size of an angry bird, and determine the value of g in Angry Bird World. Why would the game designer want to have g be different than 9.8 m/s²? Download Angry Birds video.
2. Does the blue angry bird conserve momentum during its split into three? Download Red and Blue Birds video.
3. Does the white bird conserve momentum when it drops its bomb? Why would the game designer want the white bird to drop its bomb the way that it does? Download White Bird video.
4. Describe in detail how the yellow bird changes velocity. You will need to analyze more than one flight path to answer this question. Download Yellow Birds video.
5. Shoot an angry bird so that it bounces off one of the blocks. Determine the coefficient of restitution and the mass of the angry bird. Download Red Birds and Falling Block video.
You can download each video using the links above or get them all here.
Other posts with ideas about how to use Angry Birds in physics class:
- Rhett Allain’s analysis of The Physics of Angry Birds.
- John Burk’s post Introducing projectile motion using Angry Birds
- Peter Kupfer’s post Angry Birds and Physics
How have you used (or will use) Angry Birds in the classroom?
UPDATE 12-28-2011: Our class has been featured on CUNY-TV’s “Science and U!” Jump to 10:25 in the video below: