Force and Motion Theme Page
This "Theme Page" has links to two types of resources related to the study of Force and Motion. Students and teachers will find curricular resources (information, content...) to help them learn about this topic. In addition, there are also links to instructional materials (lesson plans) which will help teachers provide instruction in this theme. Please read our disclaimer.
- Tell your students that they're going to be learning about the balance
of motion and force and Newton's Third Law of Motion and you'll receive blank
stares. But, you'll get a different reaction if you announce that in their
next unit they'll be learning about Amusement Park roller coasters and bumper
cars. Each ride at the site has a brief description of the physics underlying
it, an activity or extension (e.g., students design their own rollercoaster),
and related links where students can learn more.
AskERIC Lesson Plans
- Use the search engine to find several dozen lesson plans. To eliminate
unwanted lesson plans, try search terms such as "force and science", or "motion
- There are about a dozen lesson plans on either Force or Motion in this
collection. You can browse through the Science/Physics collection or use their
search function to find them.
and Motion Index
- About 50 easy to implement lessons/activities that demonstrate Newton's
Laws of Motion in action. They're organized into Beginner, Intermediate, and
- Brief answers to the kinds of confusing questions that students pose about
the scientific principles underlying everyday events and unusual conundrums
(e.g., how one can lie on a bed of nails and not get injured) . The Laws of
Motion are well represented but not the only principles covered.
to Physics & Astronomy Lesson Plans
- A large collection of links which actually go to lesson plans and not other
lesson plan sites. The site is organized by grade level (elementary, middle,
high school and advanced). Once you're in the grade level you want, look for
the section on Force and Motion. Caution: since the lesson plans are contributed
by many different organizations and authors, their quality will vary greatly.
- Middle grade students learn about acceleration and deceleration as well
as median, mean, and range in this marble rolling activity. Two worksheets
- An electronic text book for college preparatory physics. This link to the
Mechanics Chapter has units on Kinematics, Newton's Laws, Conservation Laws,
Simple Harmonic Motion, Rotational Kinematics, and Special Relativity. In
addition to concise explanations of each topic, the text provides links to
related web sites for additional study.
2nd Law Lab
- A description of a laboratory activity in which students are given a problem
in dynamics and need to determine which motions come from which kinds of forces.
Laws Demo Page
- Ideas for striking teacher demonstrations of the concepts of force, pressure,
weight, inertia, transfer of momentum and energy, and Newton's Laws of Motion.
Science Activity Manual
- This Manual contains hands-on Chemistry & Physics activities that can be
downloaded in either MAC (MS WORD) or Windows (Wordperfect) versions. The
manual is neither a lab manual nor a series of lesson plans. Rather, it provides
the teacher with background information and a collection of student-centered
activities which s/he can adapt to local conditions. Scroll down the list
of resources to find those available for Newton's First Law of Motion, How
Fast Do Dominoes Fall, Acceleration (Free-Fall), Acceleration (Inclined Plane),
Newton's Second Law of Motion, and Newton's Third Law of Motion.
- Here's a comprehensive set of on-line high school physics tutorials consisting
of units, lessons, and sublessons - some of which address Force and Motion.
Units contain problems for students to check their knowledge and animated
GIFs to teach concepts. In addition to these tutorials, sets of resources
that support teaching/learning the concepts can be accessed directly by type,
for example: GIF animations and QuickTime movies, problem sets, quizzes, student
activities, lab sheets, and projects.
Java Applets & Shockwave Simulations
- A large collection of links to sites that have Java applets and Shockwave
simulations that can be used to demonstrate Physics concepts including force
- This web booklet provides an explanation of the principles involved in
the design of a roller coaster. [These principles also have wider applications.]
Activities and background topics are also included as is a downloadable copy
(Acrobat format) of the entire book.
- MacTutor's biography of Newton with lots of links to related people and
- The Exploratorium provides examines some fundamental skateboarding moves
(the Ollie, mid-air manoeuvres, half pipes, and pumping for speed) and explains
the physics principles behind them. Caution: the navigation buttons to the
full explanations are labelled 'frontside" and "backside".
Program Physics Index
- Teachers participating in the SMILE (Science and Mathematics Initiative
for Learning Enhancement) summer session programs each create a single concept
lesson plan. This database has over 75 lesson plans organized under "Mechanics"
- many of which deal directly with Force and/or Motion. Caution: Since there
is a wide number of authors who have contributed to the database, the detail
and quality of the lesson plans will vary.
To Do After the Hands-Are-On
- Five simple demonstrations for each of Newton's Laws in which students
observe, collect & analyse data, and write conclusions. From GirlTech.
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