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Forces and Interactions
BBC Schools Science Clips - Forces and Movement

BBC Schools Science Clips - Forces and Movement

This force and motion simulator is from the BBC. Change the type of push and the size of the truck wheels to see how they affect the speed of the truck and how far the truck travels. Flash required.

2D Collisions

2D Collisions

This is a 2D collision simulator from explorelearning.com. 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.

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Energy Skate Park

This physics simulation comes from PhET. Construct a skate ramp and see how the skater reacts to the changes in slope to better understand the conservation of energy. Students also learn about kinetic and potential energy. Java required.
Free-Fall Laboratory

Free-Fall Laboratory

This interactive aids young learners in understanding how forces act upon objects in free fall. Adjust the atmosphere between “air,” “dense air,” and “none” to see how the drag changes. Also change the object being dropped (mass, shape, etc) to see how it falls differently. This comes from explorelearning.com. You must make a free account to use this resource. This resource is available only on desktop/laptop.

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. This interactive is only available on desktop/laptop.
 Amusement Park Physics - Design a Roller Coaster Amusement Park

Amusement Park Physics - Design a Roller Coaster Amusement Park

This roller coaster building simulator comes from Annenberg Learner. Make 5 choices involving magnitude and the shape of various slopes in your roller coaster. When you are done selecting you receive a “safety” and “fun” rating. The user then gets taken through step by step why (with physics explanations) of why his or her choice was good or bad. Works on Mac/PC.
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KEY CONCEPTS

Forces and Motion (PS2.A)

  • In every interaction, there is a pair of forces acting on the two interacting objects. The size of the forces on the first object equals the size of the force on the second object. (Newton’s Third Law)(MS-PS2-1)
  • The motion of an object is determined by the sum of the forces acting on it; if the total force on the object is not zero, its motion will change. (MS-PS2-2)
  • All positions of objects and the directions of forces and motions must be described in a reference frame and specific units of size. (MS-PS2-2)

Types of Interactions (PS2.B)

  • Electric and magnetic forces can be attractive or repulsive. (MS-PS-3)
  • Gravitation forces are always attractive. (MS-PS2-4)
  • Forces that act at a distance (electric, magnetic, & gravitational) can be explained by fields. (MS-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.”

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