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# Search>Learning Exercise Results> What do forces do?

## Learning Exercise: What do forces do?

Title:
What do forces do?
Material:
Description:
Students will interact with a simulation to learn about balanced, unbalanced, and net forces and see how they effect motion and velocity.

### Info

Submitted by:
Christopher Borquez
Date Last Modified:
October 19, 2009

### Exercise

If you have a computer lab or laptops students can do this activity on their own. If not the focus questions can be answered as a class as you demonstrate.
Additional Information: http://phet.colorado.edu/simulations/sims.php?sim=Forces_in_1_Dimension

### Audience

• Middle School

### Requirements

Motion, speed, velocity

### Learning Objectives

Students will be able to describe how unbalanced and unbalanced forces effect motion and velocity and can be combined as a net force

### Type of Task

• Core Activity
• Group
• Student-centered
• Supervised

### Assessment

Students should be able to answer the following focus questions: 1. If the forces are balanced is there any net force? 2. If the forces are balanced does the object move? 3. If the forces are balanced does the velocity of the object change? 4. If the forces are unbalanced is there a net force? 5.If the forces are unbalanced does the object move? 6. If the forces are unbalanced does the velocity of the object change?
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