We now turn our attention away from simply describing how things move as we begin to consider WHY things move the way they do. The “why” of motion is called dynamics, and it’s where the fun really begins. Isaac Newton was a pioneer in the scientific examination of why things move, and his laws of motion form the foundation for our understanding of the topic. He also had tremendous flowy hair and was a solitary individual, considered by some to be simply reclusive and by others to be so egotistical as to be downright cruel. In your abundant free time, it’s worth it to look up his life story.
RESOURCES FOR THIS UNIT:
- Lesson Plan with Unit Objectives and Homework Assignments
- Guided Notes
- Lab 1 – Inertial Mass vs Gravitational Mass: Short Form
- Lab 1 – Inertial Mass vs Gravitational Mass: Long Form
- Lab 2 – Newton’s Second Law
- Lab 3 – Friction and Analysis of Forces: Short Form
- Lab 3 – Friction and Vector Analysis of Forces: Long Form
Full teacher notes available by request via email to Michelle.Burgess@avonlakecityschools.org
from an official educational institution email address.
- The following sims from PhET at the University of Colorado at Boulder will help you with concepts from this unit: