Newton's Laws - Lesson Plans

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Teacher Guides for labs can be found here.

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Day 1 of Newtons Laws

Lesson Plan
  1. Lab 1: Pass the Water
    Set up, do, post-lab
  2. Discuss inertia, connection to mass, Newton's first law, demonstrations
  3. Inertia Think Sheet
 
Homework/Announcements
  1. Reading: Physics Classroom Tutorial, Newton's Laws: Lesson 1, Parts a-d
  2. Minds On Physics: Mission NL1 on Inertia and Mass
  3. Complete Lab 1 (if not done in class)



 

Day 2 of Newtons Laws

Lesson Plan
  1. Force and Mass - What Do You Believe?
  2. Discuss force and motion:
    Force as a push or pull; balanced vs. unbalanced forces and their effects; use of a force diagram to depict forces
  3. Balanced vs. Unbalanced Forces Think Sheet
  4. Lab 2: Galileo for a Day (as a demonstration lab)
 
Homework/Announcements
  1. Reading: Physics Classroom Tutorial, Newton's Laws: Lesson 2, Part a-b
  2. Concept Builder: Balanced vs. Unbalanced Forces (Master Level only)


 

Day 3 of Newtons Laws

Lesson Plan
  1. Mass and Weight - What Do You Believe?
  2. Lab 3: Wait. Hmmm. Gee.
    Set up, do, post-lab
  3. Discuss mass vs. weight; concept, units, mathematical connection
  4. Pair Practice: Mass vs. Weight Think Sheet
 
Homework/Announcements
  1. Minds On Physics: Mission NL2 on Balanced Forces and the State of Motion
  2. Minds On Physics: Mission NL6 on Mass vs. Weight



 

Day 4 of Newtons Laws

Lesson Plan
  1. Discuss force types; how to recognize them; introduce the concept of a free-body diagram. Help Sheet
  2. Pair Practice: Recognizing Forces Think Sheet
  3. Guided practice: Free-Body Diagrams
  4. Lab 4: F-m-a 
 
Homework/Announcements
  1. Reading: Physics Classroom Tutorial, Newton's Laws: Lesson 2, Parts c-d
  2. Concept Builder: Recognizing Forces
  3. CalcPad: Newton's Laws 1 on Mass-Weight Calculations




 

Day 5 of Newtons Laws

Lesson Plan
  1. More free-body diagram practice: Drawing Free-Body Diagrams (selected Qs)
  2. Physics Interactives: Force
    Do simulation with Student Activity Sheet; post-lab
  3. Discuss Newton's Second Law as a pair of proportionality statements and an equation; explain Fnet concept
  4. Pair Practice: Newton's Second Law of Motion Think Sheet
 
Homework/Announcements
  1. Reading: Physics Classroom Tutorial, Newton's Laws: Lesson 3, Parts a and b
  2. Concept Builder: Newton's Second Law - Equations as a Guide to Thinking




 

Day 6 of Newtons Laws

Lesson Plan
  1. Review Newton's second law AND the connection between balanced/unbalanced forces and motion
  2. Pair Practice: Net Force and Acceleration Think Sheet
  3. Physics Interactives: Free-Body Diagrams
  4. When done, begin work on CalcPad - Newton's Laws 2 
 
Homework/Announcements
  1. If not done, complete Free-Body Diagrams
  2. CalcPad - Newton's Laws 2 on Equations as a Guide to Thinking
  3. Concept Builder: Force and Motion




 

Day 7 of Newtons Laws

Lesson Plan
  1. Guided Practice: Newton's Second Law Think Sheet
  2. Physics Interactives: Rocket Sled
  3. Concept Builder: Force and Motion
  4. When done, begin work on CalcPad - Newton's Laws 3
 
Homework/Announcements
  1. CalcPad - Newton's Laws 3 on Net Force
  2. Minds On Physics - Mission NL3 on Unbalanced Forces and Accelerations




 

Day 8 of Newtons Laws

Lesson Plan
  1. Guided examples: Newton's Second Law and Problem Solving (selected problems)
  2. Concept Builder: Net Force (and Acceleration) Ranking Tasks
  3. Physics Interactives: Skydiving Simulation with Student Activity Sheet
 
Homework/Announcements
  1. Reading: Physics Classroom Tutorial, Newton's Laws: Lesson 3, Parts c and d
  2. CalcPad - Newton's Laws 4 on Fnet = m•a




 

Day 9 of Newtons Laws

Lesson Plan
  1. Lab 5 - Coffee Filter Skydiver Lab
  2. Discuss air resistance, terminal velocity, etc. 
  3. Think Sheet - Air Resistance and Terminal Velocity
 
Homework/Announcements
  1. Reading: Physics Classroom Tutorial, Newton's Laws: Lesson 3, Part e
  2. CalcPad - Newton's Laws 5 on Net Force and Vertical Acceleration




 

Day 10 of Newtons Laws

Lesson Plan
  1. Lab 6 - Friction
  2. Discuss friction and the coefficient of friction
  3. Friction Think Sheet
  4. More guided examples: Newton's Second Law and Problem Solving (selected problems)
 
Homework/Announcements
  1. CalcPad - Newton's Laws 6 on Net Force and Horizontal Acceleration
  2. Concept Builder: Normal Force Card Sort




 

Day 11 of Newtons Laws

Lesson Plan
  1. Science Reasoning Activity: Cart, Bricks, and Bands
  2. More guided examples: Newton's Second Law and Problem Solving (selected problems)
  3. CalcPad - Newton's Laws 7 on Assorted a = Fnet/m Problems
 
Homework/Announcements
  1. Reading: Physics Classroom Tutorial, Newton's Laws: Lesson 4, Parts a and b
  2. CalcPad - Newton's Laws 7 on Assorted a = Fnet/m Problems




 

Day 12 of Newtons Laws

Lesson Plan
  1. Discuss Newton's Third Law
  2. Pair Practice: Newton's Third Law
  3. Minds On Physics - Mission NL12
  4. If done, begin CalcPad assignment
 
Homework/Announcements
  1. CalcPad - Newton's Laws 8 on Assorted a = Fnet/m Problems




 

Day 13 of Newtons Laws

Lesson Plan
Review day: this is a chance for students to process ideas, work independently or together, and prepare for exam. Suggested online review activities include:
  1. Concept Builder: Match That Free-Body Diagram
  2. Concept Builder: Which One Doesn't Belong? Force and Motion
  3. Concept Builder: Change of State
  4. Minds On Physics: Mission NL4 on Types of Forces
  5. Minds On Physics: Mission NL5 on Force Diagrams
  6. CalcPad: Newton's Laws 9 on Review of Newton's Laws Mathematics
  7. Physics Interactives: Free-Body Diagrams - A Sequel
  8. The Review Session: Newton's Laws of Motion
NOTE: The above assignments are intended as optional review assignments and not required assignments.

 
Homework/Announcements
  1. Prepare for Tomorrow's Test
  2. Complete all unfinished work