Downhill Science—Science of the Winter Olympics

Newton would have made a first-rate skier! A video lesson analyzes Newton's second law from a skiing perspective. The narrator explains how the force, mass, and acceleration can work together to create a winning run.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Follow the video with an exploration of Newton's second law with a marble lab
  • Have pupils write three questions as they watch the video to use during discussion
Classroom Considerations
  • Previous study of gravity and acceleration is important to understanding the lesson
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  • Interviews actual Olympic skiers during the lesson
  • Includes additional videos on the same topic to extend learning
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