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On using flipbooks in Physics

I love the idea of students making flipbooks to demonstrate physics concepts. Last year, one end-of-the-year-project option was to make a flipbook that showed projectile motion. Students were to incorporate 20 frames of hang-time in their books, and they worked out the position of the object in each frame (most all did this with a spreadsheet). It was a useful exercise in scaling, as well. For the animation itself, many used Flipbook! with a grid-printed transparency taped over the computer screen. Some drew traditional analog books; a beautiful objects to hold in your hand and then keep in a shoebox under the bed. Some cut out multiple pictures to glue on each frame.

I still have some thinking to do about how best to have students demonstrate that they understand the underlying concepts. Hmm… Maybe next year, there will be a track with the director’s commentary or an interview. A good number of students drew a lo

t of satisfaction in the work, and yet a few never quite dug in.

Do you make flipbooks in your classroom? What tools do you use? What have your student made?

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Thus far, I’ve avoided commercial software, but I’m interested if others have used any.

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