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					                              Nursery Rhyme Physics
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Directions: Choose a famous Nursery Rhyme. Explain at least 5 scientific principles that are
involved.

You may discuss: Gravity, Momentum, Inertia, Forces, Centripetal Force, Fnet = MA, Newton’s
3rd Law, Average Speed, Acceleration, Mass, Weight, as well as Potential and Kinetic Energy.

1. All around the mulberry bush, the monkey chased the weasel. The monkey thought 'twas all in
   fun. Pop! goes the weasel.

2. Georgie Porgie, puddin' and pie, Kissed the girls and made them cry. When the boys came out
   to play, Georgie Porgie ran away. History: This rhyme refers to the amorous and amoral
   Prince Regent who became George IV during Regency times in England

3. Hickory, dickory, dock, the mouse ran up the clock. The clock struck one, the
   mouse ran down! Hickory, dickory, dock.

4. Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall. Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. All the king's
   horses and all the king's men couldn't put Humpty together again! History: From
   the East Anglia Tourist Board in England: "Humpty Dumpty was a powerful cannon during
   the English Civil War (1642-49).

5. Hush-a-bye, baby, in the treetop. When the wind blows, the cradle will rock. When
   the bough breaks, the cradle will fall, and down will come baby, cradle and all.

6. It's raining, it's pouring; The old man is snoring. Bumped his head and he went to bed; and
   he couldn't get up in the morning.

7. Jack and Jill went up the hill to fetch a pail of water. Jack fell down and broke his crown and
   Jill came tumbling after.

8. Jack, be nimble, Jack, be quick, Jack, jumped over the candlestick. Jack jumped high. Jack
   jumped low. Jack jumped over and burned his toe.

9. Jack Sprat could eat no fat; His wife could eat no lean, And so betwixt the two of them they
   licked the platter clean

10. Little Bunny Foo Foo
 hoppin' through the forest, scoopin' up the field mice and boppin' em
    on the head. And down came the Blue Fairy, and she said: “Little Bunny Foo Foo I don't want
    to see you scoopin' up the field mice and boppin' em on the head. And now I'll give you three
    chances, and if you keep it up, I'll turn you into a goon.”

11. Little Miss Muffet, sat on a tuffet, Eating her curds and whey; along
    came a spider, who sat down beside her and frightened Miss Muffet
    away.
                                  Nursery Rhyme Physics

12. Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, baker's man, Bake me a cake as fast as you can. Roll it, and prick it, and
    mark it with a "B" And put it in the oven for Baby and me!


13. Ring a-round the roses, a pocket full of posies, Ashes! Ashes! We all fall down! This innocent
    sounding rhyme, first appearing in the 1881 book Mother Goose, is actually a much older chant that goes back to
    the 1660s and is thought to be about the Plague of London which killed 70,000 of the 460,000 residents.
    "Ring-a-ring o' roses" refers to the rosy colored rash one would get. An early symptom of the plague. "Pocket full
    of posies" refers to the medicine and herbs people carried in their pockets to prevent the plague. "Achoo! Achoo!
    We all fall down" are the last sneezes of the person and collapse of one who had died.

14. Row, row, row your boat Gently down the stream. Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, Life is but
    a dream.

15. She'll be coming' round the mountain When she comes,

16. This old man, he played one, He played knick knack with his thumb, With a Knick, knack,
    paddy whack, Give the dog a bone; This old man came rolling home.

17. Yankee Doodle came to town, A-ridin' on a pony; He stuck a feather in his hat and called it
    macaroni.




Extra Credit Directions: Choose 2 famous Nursery Rhymes. Type them up. Then
explain 5 or more scientific principles that are involved for each rhyme. Draw a
colorful picture for each nursery rhyme.

You may discuss: Gravity, Momentum, Inertia, Forces, Centripetal Force,
Fnet = MA, Newton’s 3rd Law, Average Speed, Acceleration, Mass, Weight, as well
as Potential and Kinetic Energy.

You can search for nursery rhymes below or at Google.

http://www.rhymes.org.uk/

http://www.storyit.com/Classics/Nursery/index.htm

				
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