Teaching 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.


Teacher Toolkits: Newton's Second Law

Teacher Toolkits provide teachers a collection of annotated links to vetted resources on the internet that are standards-based and multimedia reliant. This particular Toolkit is on Newton's Second Law and should assist a teacher in finding resources for planning lessons that are next steps to this video.

Curriculum Corner: Newton's Laws Chapter

The Curriculum Corner provides classroom-ready Think Sheets that fuel great in-class discussions. The think sheets on Recognizing Forces and Constructing Free-Body Diagrams might be great follow-ups to this video tutorial.


Concept Builder: Recognizing Forces

Students love Concept Builders. They provide practice on questions with immediate feedback to answers. Missed questions re-appear until mistakes are corrected. There are mulitple levels of difficulty. This Concept Builder provides practice with recognizing the force types acting upon objects. It's a great in-class activity.


Concept Builder: Match That Free-Body Diagram

Similar to the above, this Concept Builder provides practice recognizing force types and usinig the recognition to identify the free-body diagram for an object in a given situation. Another great in-class activity.

Physics Interactives: Newton’s Laws Section - Free-Body Diagrams

Our Free-Body Diagrams interactive is one of the most popular pages on our website. There must be a reason for that. Check it out! Make it part of your lesson plans.


Physics Classroom Tutorial: Newton’s Laws Chapter, Lesson 2, Types of Forces

When you (or your students) need a quick written reference, turn to our Tutorial section. It reads like a book but feels like a conversation.  Many teachers link to our Tutorial pages from their course pages.