Force and Motion: Stop Faking It! Finally Understanding Science So You Can Teach It

NSTA Press Book (also see downloadable pdf version of this book)

Intimidated by inertia? Frightened by forces? Mystified by Newton’s laws of motion? You’re not alone—and help is at hand. The Stop Faking It! Series is perfect for science teachers, home-schoolers, parents wanting to help with homework—all of you who need a jargon-free way to learn the background for teaching physical science with confidence. With Bill Roberton as your friendly, able—but somewhat irreverent—guide, you will discover you CAN come to grips with the basics of force and motion. Combining easy-to-understand explanations with activities using commonly found equipment, this book will lead you through Newton’s laws to the physics of space travel. The book is as entertaining as it is informative. Best of all, the author understands the needs of adults who want concrete examples, hands-on activities, clear language, diagrams—and yes, a certain amount of empathy.

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  • on Sat Jun 20, 2009 5:30 PM

This past school year, I was asked to teach my fifth graders a science unit on Motion and Design. Having very little physical science content knowledge, I was uncomfortable answering any questions throughout the unit. I just wish I would have known about this book before. This book is written in an easy-to-understand and often humorous manner. Each chapter contains a simple experiment with household items followed by a straightforward explanation of the science concepts behind the experiment. Thanks to this quick read, I have a greater understanding and more confidence in my ability to teach Newton's Laws of Motion.

Heather S  (, )
Heather S (, )

  • on Tue Jul 15, 2008 7:03 PM

If you are seeking a book to build background knowledge and conceptual understanding of force and motion, look no further. William C. Robertson covers all the bases, including simple object lessons, with delightful humor. You will be thrilled with this book, and your students will really understand and not need to "fake it" at all!

Karen McCollister  (McKinney, TX)
Karen McCollister (McKinney, TX)

  • on Tue Nov 06, 2007 10:42 PM

I enjoyed the author's humorous way of presenting something so serious. It is inquiry build (except the given answers). I used the activities presented by the author to give as many opportunities as possible to my students for building an operational definition for force or motion...In addition, this book gave me something we rarely do in the classroom...apply the concepts of force and motion outside of the classroom...Awesome book

Daniela Thornton  (Colbert, WA)
Daniela Thornton (Colbert, WA)

  • on Thu Nov 01, 2007 1:12 PM

Excellent source for step by step understanding of Force and Motion. Perfect for teachers at any stage in their career.

Mary D  (Davie, FL)
Mary D (Davie, FL)

  • on Wed Oct 31, 2007 4:16 PM

This book gives me the background information I need to feel successful teaching my students. It is easy to read and understand. Lots of classroom applications.

Louise  (Brashear, MO)
Louise (Brashear, MO)

  • on Tue Jul 15, 2008 2:41 PM

This is the second time I've purchased books from this series. I've found them to be thoughtful and informative, though the author becomes condescending every time he puts an equation in the text. (I was a math major, so I don't need to be addressed like a math phobic.) This book provides an overview of Newton's three laws, along with some demonstrations and thought exercises that can be used as ideas for classroom demonstrations or homework. There is a "less is more" attitude going on here - he does a few things well in each book rather than a lot of things in less detail. The Energy book is necessary if you want to go on to apply the concept of force to situations such as simple machines.

Janet C  (, )
Janet C (, )

  • on Thu Nov 01, 2007 12:03 PM

The book provides some fundamental background for those lacking content knowledge in the area, but really needs some supplemental material to help it along. Esp if using in a class.

David Blair  (Creston, IA)
David Blair (Creston, IA)

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