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|Grade Level:||Elementary School, Middle School
Intimidated by inertia? Frightened by forces? Mystified by Newton’s law of motion? You’re not alone—and help is at hand. The stop Faking It! Series is perfect for science teachers, home-schoolers, parents wanting to help with homework—all of you who need a jargon-free way to learn the background for teaching middle school physical science with confidence.
With Bill Roberton as your friendly, able—but somewhat irreverent—guide, you will discover you CAN come to grips with the basics of force and motion. Combining easy-to-understand explanations with activities using commonly found equipment, this book will lead you through Newton’s laws to the physics of space travel. The book is as entertaining as it is informative.
Best of all, the author understands the needs of adults who want concrete examples, hands-on activities, clear language, diagrams—and yes, a certain amount of empathy.
Ideas For Use
Newton's laws, and all of the other motion principles presented in this book, do a good job of helping us to understand, explain, and predict the world around us. We can use them to get to the Moon, design roller coasters, and develop safety regulations for cars. However, there are situations in this book where all the motion stuff is just plain wrong-- as a result of Albert Einsteins' corrections to the law of motion--which will be addressed in another Stop Faking It! book.
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Newton’s laws of motion
|Intended User Role:||Curriculum Supervisor, Elementary-Level Educator, Middle-Level Educator, Parent, Teacher
|Educational Issues:||Achievement, Classroom management, Curriculum, Educational research, Inquiry learning, Instructional materials, Learning theory, Professional development, Teacher content knowledge, Teacher preparation, Teaching strategies
Newton’s First One
In Which We Describe Motion and
Then Change It
Newton’s Second One
There’s No Such Thing as Gravity—
The Earth Sucks
Round and Round and Round
In the Circle Game
To the Moon, Alice!
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National Standards Correlation
This resource has 16 correlations with the National Standards.
- Physical Science
- Position and motion of objects
- An object's motion can be described by tracing and measuring its position over time. (velocity) (K-4)
- The position and motion of objects can be changed by pushing or pulling. (K-4)
- Motion and Forces
- Objects change their motion only when a net force is applied. Laws of motion are used to calculate precisely the effects of forces on the motion of objects. (9-12)
- The magnitude of the change in motion can be calculated using the relationship F = ma, which is independent of the nature of the force. (9-12)
- Whenever one object exerts force on another, a force equal in magnitude and opposite in direction is exerted on the first object. (9-12)
- Gravitation is a universal force that each mass exerts on any other mass. (9-12)
- The strength of the gravitational attractive force between two masses is proportional to the masses and inversely proportional to the square of the distance between them. (9-12)
- The strength of the force is proportional to the charges and, as with gravitation, inversely proportional to the square of the distance between them. (9-12)
- Unbalanced forces will cause changes in the speed or direction of an object's motion. (Acceleration) (5-8)
- The motion of an object can be described by its position, direction of motion, and speed. (5-8)
- Motion can be measured and represented on a graph.
- An object that is not being subjected to a force will continue to move at a constant speed and in a straight line. (inertia) (5-8)
- If more than one force acts on an object along a straight line, then the forces will reinforce or cancel one another, depending on their direction and magnitude. (5-8)
- Science as Inquiry
- Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
- Use data to construct a reasonable explanation.
- Understandings about scientific inquiry
- Types of investigations include describing objects, events, and organisms; classifying them; and doing a fair test (experimenting).
- Process Standards for Professional Development
- Build on the teacher's current science understanding, ability, and attitudes. (NSES)
||Tough to beat
||Reviewed by: Albert Byers (Oakton, VA) on November 11, 2010
||This book (and the series for that matter) are a perennial best seller for NSTA. Those numbers don’t like. Dr. Bill Robertson has found his calling in generating short, humorous and accurate descriptions of difficult science concepts for teachers. This is an investment well worth it. Go green, save a few buck on the e-version, print what you need!
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