Unit 4 Assignments
Newton 1-2 Forces


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

MS-PS4-1, MS-PS4-2 
Newton's 3rd Law: Collisions
   Bundle 4 What happens when objects collide?
MS-PS2-1  Evidence Statement
Apply Newton's  Third Law to design a solution to a problem involving the motion of two colliding objects.
[Clarification Statement: Examples of practical problems could include the impact of collisions between two cars, between a car and stationary objects, and between a meteor and a space vehicle.] [Assessment Boundary: Assessment is limited to vertical or horizontal interactions in one dimension.]
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).


Vocabulary Review Activities

 BrainPop Animations and Practice Quizes

PearsonPPT-ThumbForces Slideshow


Action & Reaction: Newton's 3rd Chapter 2 Section 4: Pages 64-69:
Rockets & Satellites: Chapter 2 Section 3: Pages 70-72:
Reading Essentials Motion
Using Force and Motion- National Geographic
Defining the Laws of Motion
Isaac Newton & the Laws of the Universe Booklet
Harcourt-Motion Booklet Motion And Movement Booklet

Science Skills Handbook
Appendix: Pages 202-214:
Process Skills Packet
Labs & Videos
Lunar Lander

write up an experiment
based on this activity.
Projectile Motion

write up an experiment
based on this activity.
Collision Lab-

  1. Lab Activity Worksheet
  2. write up an experiment based on this activity.
virtual Billiards
Momentum Sim
write up an experiment
based on this activity.
Forces and Motion
Forces and Motion

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

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

write up an experiment
based on this activity
Forces and Motion
Gizmos- Air Track Lab
Crash Momentum


write up an experiment
Forces and Motion
Gizmos- Fan Cart Lab


write up an experiment
Forces and Motion
Gizmos- 2-Dimension Collisions Lab
Action-Reaction & Momentum


write up an experiment

Gizmos-Sled Wars

Graphing Template

Newton's Cradle
write up an experiment
based on this activity.

Cartooning Physics
Draw collisions and momentum with vector arrows.

Collisions and Momentum Lab


Gravity Racer
Momentum Lab

Gravity Racer
Gravity Racer design guide

Prentice Hall Video


Disney Imagineering: Newton's Laws
Viewing Questions

Bill Nye
  1. Newton Third Links
  2. Momentum Links
  3. Newton Links
  4. NASA Newtons Laws
Study Jams
  1. Force & Motion
  2. Newton'sThird Law: Action/Reaction
  3. Gravity and Inertia
  1. Tech Design Packet- Pages 1-6 clarify the design, Background Research & 4 alternative designs
  2. Construction - Straw Structures - book
  3. Construction: Wood
    1. Tetrahedron,,Pyramid, Cube, Prisms, etc
    2. Pitsco Wood Frame
    3. Popsicle Stick roll
    4. Viking Catapult - Sticks and Rubber Bands
  4. Construction - Paper Structures
    1. Beams & Tubes
    2. Boxes
  5. MiniBridge - K'Nex
  6. PS2-1Packet and Textbooks or booklets

Egg Drop Tech Design




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 action-reaction or momentum acting  on 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 your momentum or you interacting in an action-reaction resulting in motion 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 in action-reaction relationships or momentum.
Silver Intuitive Feeling Intuitive-Feeling (Self-Expressive)
Creating new possibiliteis

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

  1. Make a video or animation of something interacting with action-reaction forces or momentum (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 action-reaction forces or momentum (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 action-reaction forces or momentum.
Essential Vocabulary & Concepts
Picture Core Knowledge or Concept
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.
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.
gb Scientists

Robert Goddard, the father of rocketry in the early 20th century

Wernher von Braun, developed the Atlas rocket for the United States. His rockets were powerful enough for NASA's space program and, along with competing Soviet scientists created intercontinental ballistic missiles that could have destroyed the world.
Pinewood Derby

Self Propelled Vehicles: use the principles of action-reaction to move themselves by converting stored energy to moving (kinetic) energy

Newton Scooters 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.)