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?


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