Teacher Resources

The Physics Classroom has been devoted to helping students, teachers, and classrooms since the 1990s. We are as passionate about that mission now as we have ever been. If you are a teacher of Physics or Physical Science, we encourage you to use our Video Tutorial with your students. And we also encourage you to consider the use of other resources on our website that coordinate with the video. We have listed a few below to help you get started.


Curriculum Corner, Circular Motion and Gravitation

Get students active and thinking with our free Think Sheets from the Curriclum Corner section of our website. Here's two to get you started ...

Circular Motion and Inertia

Centripetal Force Requirement

Teacher Toolkits, Circular Motion 

Try a Teacher Toolkit ... you might be very glad that you did. Each toolkit includes annotated links to vetted resources from across the web that we feel reliably support the specific topic. Give this one on circular motion a try.



Minds On Physics, Circular Motion and Gravitation Module; Mission CG3 - Centripetal Force and Inertia

The task of learning a subject like physics can be hard work. And Minds On Physics is a great task master. It won't let students finish until you understand it. This particular mission is a great follow-up to the video. And with a Task Tracker account, you can turn it into assigned work and view progress records of your students.


Minds On Physics, Circular Motion and Gravitation Module; Mission CG4 - Centripetal Force Requirement

As long as you're having your students do some MOPPing, you might as well have them try this mission on the centripetal force requirement.


Physics Interactives - Circular Motion and Gravitation Section - Uniform Circular Motion simulation

There's nothing like fun on the playground. And this simulation from our Physics Interactives section allows students to alter a variable and observe the effect. Rich visual displays enhance the experience. Grab our free activity sheet and plan a lesson around this simulation on uniform circular motion.


Physics Interactives - Circular Motion and Gravitation Section - Race Track simulation

Our Race Track simulation will be sure to engage students and focus their attention.on the concept of a centripetal force requirement. They must apply a force on a car to direct it around an oval race track in the least number of moves. And life lesson: they need to watch their speed going into the turns.


Concept Builder: Circular Logic

This Concept Builder gets students thinking quantitatively about the topic of velocity, acceleration and force for objects moving in circles. And with a Task Tracker account, you can assign this as out-of-class work and check on students' progress results.


Physics Classroom Tutorial, Circular and Satellite Motion Chapter, The Forbidden F-Word

This written tutorial page provides a great reference for freshening up on the topic. It is the written equivalent of our video tutorial. Do what other teachers have done - create a link to it from your course page.