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This Newton's Laws and Forces Workbook is going to save you and your students so much time in your Physics or Physical Science classes! This EDITABLE, 71-page workbook covers Galileo's Law of Falling, Newton's 3 Laws of Motion, Gravity, Universal Law of Gravity, Normal Force, Frictional Force, Spring Force (Hooke's Law) and Forces acting on systems of objects. This workbook has been beautifully formatted in Microsoft Word, with all clear, crisp, custom graphics. Full solutions are included.
Plus, this workbook contains PowerPoint and PDF presentations to support your teaching. See the video preview to look at all 317 slides!
Lessons contain examples, and homework questions are provided for each lesson. You will save so much time going from note immediately to homework, and your students will be much more organized!
This workbook has been beautifully formatted in Microsoft Word, with all clear, crisp, custom graphics. Complete, typed answer keys are included. Click the preview file to view the answer keys.
There is a 317-slide presentation that covers all lessons for the entire workbook (homework slides not included in slides, but full homework solutions are included in the PDF). The full presentation has also been divided by lesson into 13 shorter PowerPoint files that are quicker to load and easier to share with students during distance learning. A PDF version of each presentation is also included.
This resource is part of my Growing Physics Bundle. If you like this style of organized note-taking I have other workbooks for Physics units:
Read the topics carefully to see if this workbook is right for you. The PREVIEW shows the watermarked solutions so you can examine if this workbook is right for you.
Students will learn about:
• Galileo's Law of Falling
• Newton's 3 Laws of Motion
• Drawing Free-Body Diagrams
• The Four Fundamental Forces (briefly)
• Universal Law of Gravity, universal gravitational constant
• The Normal Force
• The Force of Friction, including kinetic and static friction
• Coefficient of Friction
• Spring Force, Hooke's Law
• Forces acting on Systems of objects, stationary (in equilibrium) and accelerating
Within the workbook you'll find two assignments you can use with your students.
1) The Physicists' Weight loss plan. Students explore how the value for the acceleration due to gravity changes around the Earth, and on other astronomical bodies like the Moon. Students calculate the force of gravity acting on themselves (or any object) in different cities on Earth, and calculate the force of gravity and gravitational field strength on different planets/moons. Student answers will vary based on the person, cities and planets chosen (which is great to avoid copying), but an example of answers are included.
2) Mandatory Winter Tires assignment. Students are tasked with educating local residents about a new law that requires winter tires on all vehicles. Students research to create a brochure (or other informational piece) to educate the citizens; calculate stopping distances for different road conditions for all-season vs. winter tires; visually represent those stopping distances for their audience; and, determine an appropriate fine for those who are caught without winter tires. This assignment include instructions on how you can use a Google Form and the docAppender add on to grade this SUPER FAST! I've included the Google Form I use. I can assess this assignment very quickly after set-up. All the feedback is in checkboxes, so students receive a lot of feedback without you spending a lot of time writing it out!
The Forces Workbook also includes:
• a title page
• an equation page
• a vocabulary page for students to update with key terms throughout the unit
• a preconception page, that asks probing questions at the beginning of the unit and it revisited at the end of the unit.
The zipped folder includes:
• The 71-page Forces workbook in PDF format and editable Microsoft Word format.
• Complete, handwritten answer keys - including problem solving tips - as a PDF file (77 pages because of some alternate solution methods).
• Instructions on how to easily assess the Winter Tires assignment
• A link to copy the Google Form that makes assessing the Winter Tires assignment very fast and easy!
• A 317-slide PowerPoint presentation (plus 13 smaller subsets to more easily share with your students) along with corresponding PDF files for perfect formatting no matter the device.
This workbook is appropriate for AP Physics 1, SPH3U, SPH4U and other similar upper high school Physics courses.
How I use the workbooks
I have been using these workbooks with my Physics students for years with great success. Students might be a little intimidated by the thickness of the workbooks at first, but they are VERY grateful when they see that these are mostly fill-in-the-blanks style with room for practice questions. I print them all out at the beginning of the unit and work through them day-by-day on the document camera. I try to get through one lesson per day. However, there are some longer lessons (like forces acting on systems of objects) that are better split in two or three. I don’t like to instruct all class: I like to take up choice homework questions, infuse experiments into the day, have students work together and review previous concepts. I don’t mark the workbooks, but I do check them for completion. I assign homework from the workbook (which is usually done in class) and some additional homework problems from the textbook.
Let me address some of your questions…
Am I going to be photocopying every day?
Nope! I print off the ENTIRE workbook and give it to the students at the beginning of the unit. You can choose to bind it, staple it, or just hole-punch it for the students’ binders. I find most students like to keep the pages together. Grab a coffee, put your feet up and enjoy the sweet whirl of the photocopier.
Do you hate trees?
I feel very strongly that Physics calculation cannot and should not be done on the computer. By having the workbook printed you are saving your students lots of time and frustration trying to format equations on the computer. When one of your students solves the problem to sustainable energy via nuclear fusion we’ll both agree that this was worth the paper.
You use Fg – I call it W! What am I to do?
This workbook is editable in Microsoft Word. Yup. That’s how much I love you! If you or your textbook use a different notation, just edit it using the equation. The only things that are not editable are the graphics.
What about our textbooks?
I still use my textbooks for practice problems. Though there are plenty of practice problems in here, you may want to cycle some textbook problems in too. I like to print off one page at the beginning of the unit that has all the homework problems listed by section. By front-loading all the printing and choosing of the homework problems I save a lot of time throughout the unit.
I don’t teach everything that’s included (or I teach it in a different order), so…?
No problem – either delete those pages from the editable file or select only the pages you want while printing. No topics start mid-way through a page so it’s easy to remove something depending on the level of your students. If you teach it in a different order it’s a quick fix on the Print screen. Just type the page numbers in the order you want them, e.g. 1-42, 45, 46, 43, 44, 47-71
I need more Physics resources!
You should check out my Physics Growing Bundle. It’s my priority this year to add to this bundle, and it’s cost increases with each new resource I upload.
Are there labs in here?
No. No labs are included - consider these your students’ notes for the unit. I plan on adding more labs to the Growing Physics Bundle, but most of the labs we do are inquiry-based so there isn’t much need for handouts. My Scientific Method: A Scientific Inquiry Unit would be helpful in this scenario.
I’m a new Physics teacher, will this help me?
Absolutely, yes! I wish I had this when I started teaching Physics 10+ years ago! This will save you a ton of time that you can use to grade tests, set-up labs and just keep your head above water.
If you have any additional questions, feel free to Ask a Question here on TpT, or email me: firstname.lastname@example.org