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Title Forces and Motion Lesson
Description Lesson Objectives: 1. Students will be able to identify when an object is being acted upon by unbalanced forces. 2. Students will be able to predict the change in motion when a force is applied to an object. 3. Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of how unbalanced forces relate to the total force applied to an object. 4. Students will be ale to utilize Newton’s Law of Inertia (velocity remains constant unless acted upon by an unbalanced force) to describe the motion of an object when acted upon by an unbalanced force. 5. Students will be able to identify the advantages and limitations of using the “Force and Motion” PhET simulation. 6. Students will be able to identify the contributions of Galileo Galilei and Isaac Newton to the study of motion. TEKS Science: 6.3D, 6.8B, 6.8D, 8.3D, 8.6A, 8.6C CCRS Science Standards: VIII-C1, VIII-C2 **Note:** The scripted version includes additional teacher resources, such as, background content, common misconceptions and a vocabulary list. It also has all worksheets as editable content.
Subject Physics
Level Middle School
Type Lab
Duration 60 minutes
Answers Included Yes
Language English
Keywords forces, galileo, issac newton, newton's first law of motion
Simulation(s) Forces and Motion


Author(s) UTeach Middle School PhET Team
Contact Email elyse.zimmer@gmail.com
School / Organization UTeach UT-Austin
Date submitted 3/26/12
Date updated 6/22/12