Are you looking for an exciting way to teach your A-level PE students about Newton’s Laws of Linear Motion? Imagine a classroom where biomechanics comes to life, where students not only understand the principles but experience them firsthand. We have an exhilarating solution for you – trampolining!

At Elite Performance Northwest, we believe in the power of practical application to drive home complex concepts. Trampolining provides the perfect platform to explore Newton’s Laws of Linear Motion, making biomechanics engaging, memorable, and fun for your students.

The Three Laws of Linear Motion

Before diving into how trampolining can be used to teach these laws, let’s briefly review what they entail:

1. Newton’s First Law – The Law of Inertia

In simple terms: An object at rest tends to stay at rest, and an object in motion tends to stay in motion unless acted upon by an external force.

Trampoline Example: When a jumper is bouncing on a trampoline and suddenly stops bouncing, they continue to stay in motion due to their inertia until acted upon by an external force (usually air resistance and gravity), causing them to come to a rest.

Teaching Tip: Have your students analyse video footage of a trampolinist suddenly stopping mid-bounce to observe how they continue to move momentarily before coming to a stop.

2. Newton’s Second Law – The Law of Acceleration

In simple terms: The acceleration of an object is directly proportional to the net force acting on it and inversely proportional to its mass (F=ma).

Trampoline Example: Ask your students to calculate the acceleration of a trampolinist as they push off the trampoline. They will realise that the harder the push (force), the greater the acceleration, but this is counteracted by the trampolinist’s mass.

Teaching Tip: Use different scenarios of jumping off a trampoline with varying force and mass to calculate acceleration, helping students grasp the relationship.

3. Newton’s Third Law – The Law of Action-Reaction

In simple terms: For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.

Trampoline Example: When a trampolinist pushes down on the trampoline (action), the trampoline exerts an equal force in the opposite direction, propelling them upward (reaction). This law explains how they bounce.

Teaching Tip: Show slow-motion videos of trampoline jumps to help students see how the trampolinist’s downward push generates an upward reaction.

The Benefits of Teaching Biomechanics through Trampolining

  1. Engagement: Trampolining is inherently exciting. By incorporating it into your biomechanics lessons, you’ll capture your students’ attention and make learning enjoyable.
  2. Hands-On Learning: Practical application helps students internalise complex concepts better than theory alone. Trampolining allows them to experience biomechanics in action.
  3. Memorable Lessons: Students are more likely to remember the Laws of Linear Motion when associated with a thrilling activity like trampolining.
  4. Real-World Application: Trampolining demonstrates that biomechanics isn’t just theoretical; it’s part of everyday life, from sports to engineering.

Join Elite Performance Northwest

Our trampolining course at Elite Performance Northwest is designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge to teach biomechanical principles through practical application. You’ll not only understand how to use trampolining to teach Newton’s Laws but also gain valuable insights into coaching trampolinists effectively.

By joining our course, you’ll be able to provide your students with an unforgettable learning experience, where they’ll see physics come to life on the trampoline. Contact us today to book your spot and revolutionise the way you teach biomechanics to A-level PE students.

Let’s make learning biomechanics a bounce! Join us at Elite Performance Northwest and inspire the next generation of scientists and athletes.