What Forces Are Acting On You?

You may not realize it, but you get pushed around every day. What forces are acting upon you? Young physicists explore gravitational force and normal force in a video that demonstrates both forces and their directions as they move through the center of mass.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • The video makes a great opener for a lesson on the magnitude and direction of force
  • Change up the scenario to include additional forces and have the class draw stick figures and arrows to show direction of the forces
Classroom Considerations

  • Presents content so that learners with little knowledge of forces can understand

  • The demonstration is easily reproducible in the classroom
  • Narrator explains material in simple terms but with all the necessary details in place

  • None
Common Core