# Force and Motion Facts

Motion makes the world go 'round. Motion makes the moon go 'round too. In fact, motion makes lots of things go. When we think of motion we often think of cars, bicycles, kids running, basketballs bouncing and airplanes flying. But motion is so much more. Motion is important to our lives and impacts so many things that we do. What is Force? Force is just a fancy word for pushing or pulling. These two forces act at a distance and do not require direct contact between the objects to function. See D4K's site on Gravity. Magnetism produces a force that can either pull opposite ends of two magnets together or push the matching ends apart. Types Of Contact Forces There are 6 kinds of forces which act on objects when they come into contact with one another. Let's investigate how these forces can be seen in our lives. Normal Force A book resting on a table has the force of gravity pulling it toward the Earth. Applied Force Frictional Force Tension Force Spring Force Resisting Forces What is Inertia?

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Motion: Forces Forces are a big part of physics. Physicists devote a lot of time to the study of forces that are found everywhere in the universe. The forces could be big, such as the pull of a star on a planet. Ideas for learning about forces. Forces are all around us and affect everything we do, with that in mind we’ve put together a collection of ideas for learning about forces with something for everyone from preschoolers to grown ups. Lets start with some basics. What is a force? A force is a push or a pull. Forces can make object moves or stop, speed them up or slow them down. Galileo Drops the Ball - Virtual Experiment In around 1590 Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) climbed up the Leaning Tower of Pisa and dropped some balls to the ground. Two balls of different masses, but of similar shape and density that were released together hit the ground at the same time. Until then it was commonly believed that heavy things fall faster than light things. Many people still believe this, and casual observation of everyday phenomena often does tend to confirm this view. If you drop a brick and a feather at the same time the brick will probably hit the ground first.

Super Brainy Beans - Primary School learning resource Sorry, there is nothing on this subject at this level. Rock and Roll Help Max move the boulder to the target by choosing a push or a pull. Amusement Park Physics Design a Roller Coaster Try your hand at designing your own roller coaster. You will be building a conceptual coaster using the physics concepts that are used to design real coasters. Simple But Mindblowing Helium Balloon Experiment Newton’s first law of motion states that an object at rest will stay at rest, while an object in motion will stay in motion, unless acted upon by an unbalanced force. An easy way to demonstrate this is in the car. When the car accelerates, you (and all other objects in the car) appear to be pushed backwards because the car is moving faster than you were as a resting object. A sudden deceleration makes you fly forward in your seat, because your body was now traveling at a particular speed and was going to keep going at that rate. This is why seat belts are important. Smarter Every Day host Destin explores these ideas in his minivan (accompanied by two adorable and incredibly polite little science helpers), first by using a pendulum, then by using a helium balloon.

Roller Coaster Game Welcome to the death defying Funderstanding Roller Coaster! This simulator is designed for people who want to design their own thrilling coaster and educators who want to use a cool activity to simulate the application of physics by using an exciting interactive tool and access to a wonderful reference source. It is your mission to become a roller coaster designer so that you can achieve maximum thrills and chills without crashing or flying off the track (unless that’s how you like your coaster to work!). Balloon Powered Lego Car It has been raining and raining and raining some more here! It was a very wet weekend and as you can imagine the kids were getting restless by the end of it. Time to get crafty! Luckily I came across some photos online of a very clever balloon powered car and inspired my Mr Happy (6) to have a go. The idea is simple: incorporate a balloon into your “car” so that when you blow it up and let it go, the air makes the car roll.

What Is Gravity? - Science Experiment I asked my three-year-old if it was possible to make a craft stick stand up right on a chopstick. She promptly replied, “No” and showed me how it would fall over. However, it IS possible to do, with some extra help (no, not glue). Here is how to do this cool experiment and the science behind it. For this project, you will need: Steps

This Crazy New Instrument Uses 2000 Marbles To Make Music Ever looked at a marble and thought “Hey, I could make music with those things!” No? Well, me neither, but Martin Molin of Swedish band Wintergatan did, and we’re seriously glad about that, because what he’s invented is nothing short of genius. Kids project... Marble drop mine shaft Kids project... Marble drop mine shaft Toilet paper and paper towel tubes Ice cream sticks (you can buy these at craft and hobby shops) Glue gun or sticky glue dots Cardboard Tray for base The idea behind this project is that there is no wrong or right way to make your marble slid - start building and see what you end up with! It is best to start building the project from the bottom and work your way to the top. Teachers Are Terrific!: What's Going on in the Lab? Newton's Laws of Motion! We recently had a theme week with each grade level! Each explored a Law of Motion after reviewing all three. It was a fabulous week of STEM challenges and learning all about Newton (not related to Cam!) So, this is what we have been up to in our science class!

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