Mini Golf Physics

Mini Golf Physics
Imagine going to a mini golf course, but where you can use golf balls of lead or aluminum or try a course made of velvet or glass. Try different courses where you can explore principles of kinematics in physics, like exploring the effects of a force on different masses and the corresponding acceleration. Try other courses to observe the effects of contact and non-contact forces on the ball as you try to get it into the hole with as few strokes as possible.

Curricular Connections

Grade 6 - Big Idea: Newton’s three laws of motion describe the relationship between force and motion
Science 10 - Big Idea: Energy
Physics 11 - Big Idea: Motion


Critical Thinking
Physical Manipulation


Effects of Friction

Observe the effects of different materials and the friction they apply to a rolling ball
Objective Description
Observing Effects of Friction Students will observe the effects of different surfaces and their coefficients of friction on the movement of an object.

Newton's Second Law

Use golf balls of different masses to observe the effects of applied forces
Objective Description
Relating Mass and Forces Students will observe and recognize the application of Newton's second law and how acceleration (and velocity) relate to an object's mass and the applied force.

Ramps and Energy

Observe the changes in mechanical energy (kinetic and potential) as a ball rolls up and down ramps on its way to the hole.
Objective Description
Relating Kinetic and Potential Energy Students will observe the changes in kinetic and potential energy as a ball rolls up and down ramps.