Force Lesson Plans: scroll through the unit, click on linked lessons
Lesson 1: Newton’s 1st Law
Engagement: Think Time: Can you move a ball without touching it?
Activity 2: Domino Run: students try to drop objects into a coffee can while jogging
Activity 3: Explain what really happens when you drive around a curve and get pressed into the person next to you
Read Glencoe Physics (p. 117-125): section 6.1 & Write/Explain: What is
Lesson 2: Free-Body Diagrams ← Add second day on net forces as needed
Engagement: Draw a diagram of this: spring scales and a mass
Activity 1: Example/Demonstration
Activity 2: Free-Body Diagram notes ← projected on the overhead
Activity 3: Chapter 6 Practice Problems (p. 124): 7-11
Homework: Chapter 6 Review (p. 145): 1, 2, 3
Lesson 3: Weight & Newton’s 2nd Law
Engagement: Is there any connection between force and acceleration?
Activity 1: Think Time: Why doesn’t gravity pull a book into a desk? & Why doesn’t the desk push up on my hand?
Activity 3: Open Ended Experiment: Do scales measure mass or weight?
Homework: Calculating Forces worksheet & Read Glencoe Physics (p. 126-136): Section 6.2
Lesson 4: Friction
Engagement: Think Time: tell me what you think friction really is.
Activity 1: Pushing books on desks, a question sequence.
Activity 2: Friction notes
Activity 3: Example (p. 131 & 132): Balanced Friction Forces
Homework: Read Glencoe Physics (p. 138-141): section 6.3 & Do: Chapter 6 Practice Problems (p. 133): 14-16
Lesson 5: Periodic Motion
Engagement: Today you get to play with pendulums.
Activity 1: Pendulum Prelab
Activity 2: Periodic motion notes
Activity 3: Chapter 6 Practice Problems (p. 136): 17-19
Homework: Read Glencoe Physics (p. 141-143): the four fundamental forces, forces of ropes and string & Do: Study Guide p. 34 & 35
Lesson 6: Pendulum Lab
Engagement: Today is a lab.
Activity 1: Review Pendulum Lab & pass out materials
Activity 2: Data Collection & Calculations
Activity 3: Conclusions
Homework: Complete the lab
Lesson 8: Newton’s 3rd Law
Engagement: Release an inflated balloon?
Activity 1: Think Time: Why did the balloon shoot across the room?
Activity 3: 6.3 Section Review (p. 143): 3.1, 3.2, 3.3
Homework: Study Guide p. 33 & p. 36
Lesson 7: Finding Net Forces & Components
Engagement: Force Table Demonstration
Activity 1: Example: Practice Problem #4, p. 122
Activity 2: Chapter 6 Practice Problems (p. 122): 2-6
Activity 3: Ask Questions/Start the homework early
Homework: Net Forces & Components worksheet
Lesson 11: Force Table Lab: Predictions
Engagement: You have a lab today.
Activity 1: Instructions: Force Table Lab
Activity 2: Sign up for lab groups and initial conditions.
Activity 3: Make mathematical predictions
Homework: Finish Force Table Lab predictions (p. 1 & 2)
Lesson 12: Force Table Lab: Testing
Engagement: Today is the last class day to finish your labs.
Activity 1: Force Table Lab
Activity 2: Test predictions (p. 3)
Activity 3: Write conclusions
Homework: some kind of review assignment
Lesson 9: Universal Gravitation 1
Engagement: Take any two random objects and leave them alone. What happens? ← part of Universal Gravitation.ppt
Activity 1: Universal Gravitation notes ← part of Universal Gravitation.ppt
Activity 2: Derive g on earth from universal gravitation, the mass of the earth, and its radius ← part of Universal Gravitation.ppt
Activity 3: Universal Gravitation worksheet
Homework: Read Glencoe Physics (p. 181-184): Section 8.1
Lesson 10: Universal Gravitation 2
Engagement: Think Time: Why were the astronauts able to jump higher on the moon?
Activity 1: Think Time: Why doesn’t gravity pull the earth into the sun?
Activity 2: Demonstration: a mass on the end of a hacksaw blade ← not yet working
Activity 3: Start the homework early.
Homework: Read Glencoe Physics (p. 185-192): Section 8.2 & Do: Chapter 8 Review (p. 193 & 198): 5, 17, 33, 35
Lesson 13: Force Review
Engagement: Your test is tomorrow. Use today to get ready.
Activity 1: Question Time:
Activity 2: Chapter 6 Review (p. 145): 1, 20, 21, 22, 29
Activity 3: Chapter 8 Review (p. 194 & 195): 18, 25, 36
Homework: Finish the Chapter Review Problems
Lesson 14: Assessment
Engagement: Today you get to show off all that you’ve learned.
Activity 1: Last minute review
Activity 2: Force Test
Activity 3: Start the homework early
Homework: reading assignment & questions for the next unit