May the Force Be With You!by: Timothy Young and Mark Guy

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Students use a portable force indicator to discover the net forces all around them. By directly observing these forces, students can better understand the effect these forces have on an object.

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  • on Wed Jul 25, 2012 10:22 AM

Wow, after 40 years in science education, I thought I had seen everything there was to teach! But this article introduced me to a Fin-di which shows the action of forces applied to it. Great detailed article about force.

Betty Paulsell  (Kansas City, MO)
Betty Paulsell (Kansas City, MO)

  • on Sun Oct 16, 2011 6:12 PM

Loved it! I'd give it 6 stars if I could. Using the 5-E manner of introducing a concept; this easy to implement lesson clearly demonstrates a "net force". A net force is the “resulting” force or the overall force that is acting on an object when adding individual forces. A teacher background is provided, as well as the concept-divided into five segments, each addressing one of the 5-E's.There are also excellent pictures to go along with the discussion provided by the authors. Included at the end of the article is a Formative Assessment Probe and also also a rubric for the teacher to use. This is a very complete, thorough and high quality activity that can be used easily with no modifications for 4-8th grades.

Sue Garcia
Sue Garcia

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