Pushing Things Around [PhET]

Grade Levels
7th - 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
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3 Student Pages & 3 Key Pages
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  1. The bundle opens with a PhET-fueled simulation lab activity that I used as a precursor to an in-class, hands-on experiment involving carts and motion tracking (not included here).Next we have an in-class (in-Zoom?) direct instruction activity fleshing out Newton's Second Law via a series of fanciful
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This activity uses PhET's Forces and Motion: Basics sim to explore Newton's First and Second laws of motion. The sim's tug of war simulation is used to explore balanced and unbalanced forces, and the notion that both rest and uniform motion can occur when forces are balanced.

The motion and acceleration simulations are used to establish connections between force, mass, and acceleration.

I omitted a capstone analysis question here that could have cemented a = F/m based on observations made in the activity. I did that because I used this as a preliminary activity before students conducted an in-class hands-on activity with carts, masses, and motion analysis equipment. That's where I wanted them to put everything together. The documents are editable if you want to do things differently.


Student document (print-friendly Google Docs file on Google Drive)

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3 Student Pages & 3 Key Pages
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