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Forces and Motion
|Explore the forces at work when you try to push a filing cabinet. Create an applied force and see the resulting friction force and total force acting on the cabinet. Charts show the forces, position, velocity, and acceleration vs. time. View a Free Body Diagram of all the forces (including gravitational and normal forces).|
Sample Learning Goals
- Predict, qualitatively, how an external force will affect the speed and direction of an object's motion.
- Explain the effects with the help of a free body diagram.
- Use free body diagrams to draw position, velocity, acceleration and force graphs and vice versa.
- Explain how the graphs relate to one another.
- Given a scenario or a graph, sketch all four graphs.
Tips for Teachers
The teacher's guide (pdf) contains tips created by the PhET team.
|Forces and Motion Lesson||UTeach Middle School PhET Team||MS||Lab||6/22/12|
|Rules for Forces||jim cibulka||MS
|Forces and Motion: Balanced and Unbalanced Forces, and Predicting Changes in Motion (Inquiry Based)||Emily Moore, Kathy Perkins, Trish Loeblein, Courtney Fadley||MS||Lab||7/19/11|
|Concept questions for Physics using PhET (Inquiry Based)||Trish Loeblein||HS
|Algebra-based Physics Semester one lessons, clicker questions, and schedule in pdf (Inquiry Based)||Trish Loeblein||HS
|Force and Motion activity 2: Relating graphs and free body diagrams using Moving Man and Forces 1D (Inquiry Based)||Trish Loeblein||UG-Intro
|Forces and Motion activity 1: Predicting speed and directions changes (Inquiry Based)||Trish Loeblein||UG-Intro
|Force and Motion||Caroline Kenneally||HS
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