Physics Photography Project

Driving question:  How do you create a photograph that clearly illustrates and conveys a Physics concept?
Project summary: students will learn about the physics behind natural and contrived situations by creating visual and written illustrations of various physical concepts. They will choose between 2 categories:

Natural photos - those that involve everyday situations that may demonstrate a variety of physics concepts.
Contrived photos - those that are set up to show a particular physics concept or related set of concepts.

Physics component: Students will be assessed on the accuracy of the physics in the explanation that accompanies the photograph.
Photography component:  Students will be assessed on the quality of the photo-composition, lighting, color, post production techniques and how clearly it illustrates and conveys their chosen Physics concept

Major student products
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To begin with, everyone will take 2 practice pictures-1 of a natural occurrence; 1 of contrived.
Then each student will do their own:
  1. Physics proposal and Photo proposal
  2. Essay describing the physics in the photo.
  3. Final photograph in digital and printed form

All photos will be prepared for (framed in black construction paper) and presented on Gallery Night.  The best 15 will enter the American Association of Physics Teachers Photo Contest
Assessments:
  1. 2 practice pictures
  2. Proposals –one for Physics; one for Photo
  3. Final projects (includes essay and photo).  Best 15 get sent to the contest.