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Forces and Interactions

BBC Schools Science Clips - Forces and Movement

This video posted on YouTube, but made by the BBC, brilliantly illustrates how in the absence of air resistance all objects are pulled toward the center of Earth at the same rate. Brian Cox, a famous professor from the University of Manchester hosts this video and also goes into some more detail about the history of Newton discovering gravity.

2D Collisions

2D Collisions

This is a 2D collision simulator from Adjust the location and speed of the balls, along with the elasticity of the collision. Get access for 5 minutes without a free account, get unlimited access with a free account. Available on desktop/laptops.

Uniform Circular Motion Interactive

This interactive from is a great visual aid for students trying to visualize how circular motion works. Find more amazing physics interactives at their main site.
Charges And Fields

Charges And Fields

Charges and Fields is a visually stunning learning tool from PhET, a product of the University of Colorado Boulder. Students create their own electric field by placing negatively and positively charged particles. Students are able to see how the distance between the particles affects the electric field. Also use a voltage meter and measuring tape to gather quantitative data. Built with HTML5.
Fantastic Contraption: A fun online physics puzzle game

Fantastic Contraption: A fun online physics puzzle game

In this interactive game from Colin Northway the user builds interesting machines to solve various problems. You are also able to save your machines and share with friends. I believe only available on desk/lap tops.
Masses & Springs

Masses and Springs

This learning tool comes to us from PhET, a product of the University of Colorado Boulder. Masses and Springs allows students to explore Hooke’s Law by hanging a variety of weights from springs. Students can also adjust friction, the spring coefficient (softness), gravity (by switching the planet), and finally the speed of time.
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Forces and Motion (PS2.A)

  • Newton’s second law accurately predicts changes in the motion of macroscopic objects. (HS-PS2-1)
  • Momentum is defined for a particular frame of reference; it is the mass times the velocity of the object. (HS-PS2-2)
  • If a system interacts with objects outside itself, the total momentum of the system can change; however, any such change is balanced by changes in the momentum of objects outside the system. (HS-PS2-2),(HS-PS2-3)

Types of Interactions (PS2.B)

  • Newton’s law of universal gravitation and Coulomb’s law provide the mathematical models to describe and predict the effects of gravitational and electrostatic forces between distant objects. (HS-PS2-4)
  • Forces at a distance are explained by fields (gravitational, electric, and magnetic) permeating space that can transfer energy through space. Magnets or electric currents cause magnetic fields; electric charges or changing magnetic fields cause electric fields. (HS-PS2-4),(HS-PS2-5)

About NGSS

Next Generation Science Standards is a multi-state effort to create new education standards that are “rich in content and practice, arranged in a coherent manner across disciplines and grades to provide all students an internationally benchmarked science education.”


Our team from Temple University has developed this resource for all K-12 students and teachers of science. These vetted learning tools align to the NGSS. Find one we should include? Just fill out the form.

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Many of these science resources require Java and Flash. Click below to download.

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