Unit 4 Assignments
Newton 3 Collisions


MS-PS3-1  , MS-PS3-5  
Mechanical Waves

MS-PS4-1, MS-PS4-2  
Newton's First & Second Laws
  Bundle 4 What happens when objects collide?
MS-PS2-2  Evidence Statement
Plan an investigation to provide evidence that the change in an object's motion depends on the sum of the forces on the object and the mass of the object.
[Clarification Statement: Emphasis is on balanced (Newton's First Law) and unbalanced forces in a system, qualitative comparisons of forces, mass and changes in motion (Newton's Second Law), frame of reference, and specification of units.] [Assessment Boundary: Assessment is limited to forces and changes in motion in one-dimension in an inertial reference frame and to change in one variable at a time. Assessment does not include the use of trigonometry.]
Motion energy is properly called kinetic energy; it is proportional to the mass of the moving object and grows with the square of its speed (PS3.A as in MS-PS3-1). This idea can be connected to the concept that when the motion energy of an object changes, there is inevitably some other change in energy at the same time (PS3.B as in MS-PS3-5). The concept of motion also connects to the idea that the motion of an object is determined by the sum of the forces acting on it; if the total force on the object is not zero, its motion will change (PS2.A as in MS-PS2-2). The idea of forces connects to the concept that for any pair of interacting objects, the force exerted by the first object on the second object is equal in strength to the force that the second object exerts on the first, but in the opposite direction (PS2.A as in MS-PS2-1).


Force Arrows Math Practice

Force Equation Math Practice

Vocabulary Review Activities

BrainPop Animations and Practice Quizes

PearsonPPT-ThumbForces Slideshow


The Nature of Force: Chapter 2 Section 1: Pages 44-51:
Force Equation: Newton's 2nd: Chapter 2 Section 2: Pages 52-54:

Reading Essentials Motion
Using Force and Motion- National Geographic
Defining the Laws of Motion
Isaac Newton & the Laws of the Universe Booklet
Investigating Forces And Motion Harcourt-Motion Booklet MotionAndMovement Booklet

Science Skills Handbook
Appendix: Pages 202-214:
Process Skills Packet

(Online Textbook: Log onto Pearson.com, then click on the titles above for the online text.)
Labs & Videos

Forces and Motion
Forces and Motion

write up an experiment
based on this video.
PHet Lab
Ramp: Forces and Motion
Ramp: Forces & Motion

write up an experiment
based on this video.
Forces in 1 Dimension
Forces in 1 Dimension

write up an experiment
based on this video.
The Moving Man
The Moving Man

write up an experiment
based on this video.

Forces And Motion Basics
Forces And Motion Basics

Fan Cart &


AirTrack Cart &


PS2-2HotWheelsLabWrite-Up Design and run a lab then write up your results-


Alternative Minimum Assignment
Modified Minimum Assignment

PS2-2 MarbleLabWrite-Up Design and run a lab then write up your results-


Alternative Minimum Assignment
Modified Minimum Assignment

Dr. Zoon Fold-N-RollGravity Cars
Prentice Hall Video


Schlessinger: Forces

Disney Imagineering: Newton's Laws
Viewing Questions

Bill Nye Motion Video & Espanol
Nye Motion Quiz
  1. Force Links
  2. Inertia Links
  3. Newton Links
  4. Kids Know It Inertia
  5. NASA Newtons Laws
Study Jams
  1. Force & Motion
  2. Newton's 1st Law: Inertia
  3. Newton's 2nd Law: f=ma
  4. Newton'sThird Law: Action/Reaction
  5. Gravity and Inertia

Khan Academy




Discrepant Event




New situations/applications

project to share
Reading & Math Work

Math and DataMath Logo
Projects by Learning Style and Media Type
Silver Sensing THinking Hand Sensing-Thinking (Mastery)
  1. Create a diagram that shows forces acting  to move an object using all of this week's concepts.
Silver Sensing Feeling Heart Sensing-Feeling (Interpersonal)
A time when you...
  1. Create a diagram that shows you interacting twoor more forces using all of this week's concepts. .
Intuitive Thinking-Head Intuitive-Thinking (Understanding)
Playing with facts

  1. Create force arrow diagrams showing how various things interact with forces.

Silver Intuitive Feeling Intuitive-Feeling (Self-Expressive)
Creating new possibiliteis

  1. Create  force arrow diagrams showing how forces can act on various things in outer space or in the ocean.

  1. Make a video or animation of something interacting with forces (see options above.) Narrate, subtitle, or text page to show this week's concepts.

  1. Create a PowerPoint, ToonDoo, or other graphic that shows one of the projects above.

garagebandPodcast Audio

  1. Make a radio show, podcast, or song about something interacting with forces (see options above.) Narrate, subtitle, or text page to show this week's concepts.
ArtistMusicianLive Presentation Project

  1. Make a poster, play, song or cartoon showing your understanding of how things interact with forces.
Essential Vocabulary & Concepts
Picture Core Knowledge or Concept
A force is a push or a pull.
Net force is the sum of forces acting on an object.
balanced forces: are equal and opposite.
They do not cause motion

unbalanced forces: are not equal.
They can cause things to move.
Force arrows show the magnitude and direction of a force.
The width or length can show strength.
Inertia is the tendency of an object to resist change to its motion. An object's inertia is related to its mass.
Mass is the amount of matter in an object.

Matter is anything that has mass and volume (takes up space.)
Newton’s first law of motion (aka, The Law of Inertia) states that
"an object at rest remains at rest and an object will remain in motion unless acted upon by an unbalanced force."
Newton’s Second Law of Motion states that the net force of an object is equal to the net product of it acceleration and its mass.
(i.e. a speeding car has more impact than a blowing leaf crashing into a wall)

(Force = Mass * Acceleration)
Newton’s third law of motion states that if one object exerts a force on another object, the second object exerts a force of equal strength in the opposite direction on the first object.
  1. action = reaction or if you push me, I push you back.
  2. When the rocket blast pushes down, the rocket reacts by going up.
Free Body Diagrams: a standard diagram that shows all of the forces acting on an object.
The object is a box at the center with arrows pointing towards it from the direction of each force.
Newton 2 Momentum ( M ass * V elocity), Is related to kinetic energy or moving energy.
pool balls
The law of conservation of momentum states that total momentum of any group of objects remains the same unless an outside force acts on the object.
  1. If pool balls collide, the combined momentum is the same after they hit.
  2. Motion can be transfered from one object to the other.
  • exception: In a car crash, some of the energy is lost into the change of shape. This is why cars are built to crumple.

Isaac Newton was a mathematical genius who invented new types of math related to motion and forces. Evidence suggests that he may have had a form of autism.

Pinewood Derby

Technical Drawings: communicate the measurements of things we build.

Gravity Racers and the Technological Design Cycle


Pugh Charts: are used to check if a design meets the specifications (requirements) of a design.
Usually used to compare designs (columns) against each specification (rows.)