Physics: Force and Motion
These sites cover the basic concepts of physics. Learn about force, motion, and friction using interactive simulations where you can manipulate the variables. Includes links to an eThemes on Simple Machines, Magnets, and Gravity.
Fear of Physics: Friction
This interactive simulation helps beginners visualize and understand friction. Select different automobiles, speeds, and road conditions and see how friction comes into play.
ThinkQuest: Visual Physics
This ThinkQuest Web site contains simulations on force, tension, torque, and momentum.
This site contains about 20 different physics simulations. Experiment with different variables and see how the simulation reacts. A great way for children to learn the basics of movement and force.
Smile Program Physics Index
A collection of almost 200 lesson plans submitted by teachers from around the country. The page contains a large section on mechanics. Each lesson is complete with objectives, materials, and procedures.
Lesson Plan: Grade 3
Here third graders can learn about forces and motion. Click on the "Take Quiz" button to test your new knowledge.
Lesson Plan: Grade 5
Learn about Newton's laws of motion and then take a quiz.
Lesson Plan: Grade 6
Learn here about objects in motion: Speed and Distance, Forces and Motion, and Acceleration and Momentum.
ThinkQuest: Force and Motion
Learn here about force, friction, gravity, momentum, and Newton's law. Includes illustrated images and movies.
Newton's First Law
Follow lessons to learn about Newton's laws. Click on button "Animation" to see forces at work.
Physics in Sports: Newton's 1st Law
Learn about three of Newton's laws of motion on these examples of sports games. Includes video files.
Bill Nye: The Science Guy
This site has many options to get to topics on Physical Science. Pick "Home Demos" and then "Physical Science."
What are the forces involved when a skater performs an "ollie?" Read this and find out.
eThemes Resource: Physics: Gravity
These sites explain how the earth's gravity works. Includes photos, simulations, videos, hands-on activities, and online quizzes.
eThemes Resource: Simple Machines: Advanced
These sites present interactive models of machines such as levers and pulley systems. Explains basic concepts of physics such as mechanics, force, and motion. Includes sites on the mechanics of sports and Leonardo da Vinci's inventions.
eThemes Resource: Magnets
These sites show explanations and principles of magnetism and properties of magnets. Discussion of magnetic levitation and descriptions of how magnetic levitation trains work.
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