The Force Diagrams Assignment can be used in class discussion with students suggesting answers and evaluating other groups’ suggested answers before arriving at a consensus for each situation. Or, the assignment can be used as homework for students to complete on their own to provide the teacher with a formative assessment of student progress. It may also be helpful for the teacher to ask students to explain their reasoning along with each answer for a deeper evaluation of student understanding.
The first part of the Force Diagrams Assignment gives students practice interpreting pre-drawn force diagrams in order to determine whether or not forces are balanced. The second part of the Force Diagrams Assignment challenges students to draw their own force diagrams for given situations.