What happens when physics class is fun?

I’ll admit that I don’t have any evidence to back up my belief that a classroom can be fun-filled and learning-filled, especially if the two are temporally associated. We are learning about conservation of momentum and learning to represent it in the form of an IF (Initial-Final) Momentum Bar Chart. When one of my students started to rap one of the problems in Kelly O’Shea‘s Momentum Transfer Model (MTM) packet, I couldn’t get the phrase/rhythm out of my head, so I’ve completed it for her. What was

A 2 kg melon is balanced on your bald uncle’s head. His son, Throckmorton, shoots a 50 g arrow at it with a speed of 30 m/sec. The arrow passes through the melon and emerges with a speed of 18 m/sec. Find the speed of the melon as it flies off the man’s head.


There’s a 2-kg (read: Kay-Gee) melon on your bald uncle’s head.
Cousin Throckmorton’s crossbow looks to shoot him dead,
but his arrows are true and are 50 g (read: Gees)
and will pierce the right melon if his daddy don’t sneeze.
When he pulls the trigger, all the physics lovers scream,
and the arrow’s speed drops from 30 to 18
meters per second!

watermelon balanced on a bald man's head

from the now defunct www.thingsonyourhead.com


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