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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.


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This interactive simulation helps beginners visualize and understand friction. Select different automobiles, speeds, and road conditions and see how friction comes into play.
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.
This lesson plan includes activities and vocabulary terms for teaching K-5 students about forces and motion. NOTE: This site includes banner and other types of ads.
This lesson plan for 6th-8th graders includes activities, extensions, vocabulary, and more. NOTE: This site includes banner and other types of ads.
Use this activity to teach students about force and its effect on motion.
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.
Learn here about force, friction, gravity, momentum, and Newton's law. Includes illustrated images and movies.
Follow lessons to learn about Newton's laws. Click on button "Animation" to see forces at work.
Learn about three of Newton's laws of motion on these examples of sports games. Includes video files.
This site has many options to get to topics on Physical Science. Click on "Home Demos" under the "For Kids and Teachers" tab and then "Physics."
What are the forces involved when a skater performs an "ollie?" Read this and find out.
These sites explain how the earth's gravity works. Includes photos, simulations, videos, hands-on activities, and online quizzes.
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.
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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