Newton's Law of Universal Gravitation

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While science is looking for correct explanations, pseudoscience often fills in the blanks. Pupils explore the relationship between light distance and intensity and graph their data. Then they compare their data to Newton's Law of Universal Gravitation. The lesson ends with dowsing and the difference between science and pseudoscience. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
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  • Have students list other types of pseudoscience
  • Read about the popularity of dowsers throughout history
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  • The second lesson in a series of nine
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