Learning Outcomes for Newton's Laws

 

Lesson Plans || Learning Outcomes and Activities || Teacher Notes || Labs
 

The list below displays sample learning objectives for the unit on Newton's Laws. The various activities from the Lesson Plans have been organized by objective. This format of organizing The Physics Classroom's activities may be more useful to some teachers than the Lesson Plan format. It is worth noting that the activities identified below only include those activities included on the Lesson Plans and in the Pre-Built Task Tracker courses. Additional activities are referenced on the Teacher Notes page.

 

1. Newton's First Law

Make meaning of Newton's first law by relating balanced forces to the two possible motion states (at rest and constant speed) and describe the relationship between mass and inertia.
 

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Labs:
Lab 1: Pass the Water


Think Sheets:

Minds On Physics:
Mission NL1 on Inertia and Mass



 

2. Balanced vs. Unbalanced Forces

Relate the motion that occurs (and its representation by words, dot diagrams, or kinematic graphs) to the relative size of the individual forces acting up on an object for both balanced and unbalanced force situations.
 

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Physics Interactives with Concept Checkers:

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Minds On Physics:
Mission NL2 on Balanced Forces and the State of Motion

Mission NL3 on Unbalanced Forces and Accelerations
 




 

3. Newton's Second Law

Use Newton's second law to relate the acceleration to the net force and object mass and to predict the effect of varying net force and/or mass upon the acceleration of the object.
 

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Labs:
Lab 4: F-m-a 


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Physics Interactives with Concept Checkers:

Concept Builders:

CalcPad Problem Sets:
Newton's Laws 2 on Equations as a Guide to Thinking


Science Reasoning Activity:



 

4. Mass and Weight

Define mass and weight; describe the difference between them and use an equation to calculate one quantity from the other quantity.
 

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Labs:
Lab 3: Wait. Hmmm. Gee.
 


Think Sheets:

Minds On Physics:
Mission NL6 on Mass vs. Weight


CalcPad Problem Sets:
Newton's Laws 1 on Mass-Weight Calculations

 



5. Identifying Forces and Constructing Free-Body Diagrams

Identify the types of forces acting upon an object and construct a free-body diagram for the object.
 

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Concept Builders:


Minds On Physics:
Mission NL4 on Types of Forces

Mission NL5 on Force Diagrams




 

6. Force Analysis

Use a free-body diagram to analyze the forces acting upon an object so as to determine the mathematical value of the acceleration or of an unknown force.
 

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CalcPad Problem Sets:
Newton's Laws 3 on Net Force

Newton's Laws 4 on Fnet = m•a

Newton's Laws 5 on Net Force and Vertical Acceleration

Newton's Laws 6 on Net Force and Horizontal Acceleration

Newton's Laws 7 on Assorted a = Fnet/m Problems

Newton's Laws 8 on Assorted a = Fnet/m Problems




 

7. Skydiving and Terminal Velocity

Describe the factors that affect the amount of air resistance and use such understanding to describe the changes in net force, accceleration, and velocity for a falling skydiver.
 

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Labs:
Lab 5 - Coffee Filter Skydiver Lab
 


Think Sheets:

Physics Interactives with Concept Checkers:

CalcPad Problem Sets:
Newton's Laws 5 on Net Force and Vertical Acceleration (some problems are skydiving problems)
 



 

8. Newton's Third Law

Understand the nature of a force to be the result of an interaction between two obects, identify the action-reaction force pairs for any given interaction, and compare the relative magnitude and direction of the two forces in the force pair.
 

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Review Activities

The Review Session: Newton's Laws of Motion

CalcPad: Newton's Laws 9 on Review of Newton's Laws Mathematics (Review of entire unit's math)



 

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