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Basics of Force and Newton's Laws


Basics of Force and Newton's Laws

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This is an interactive PowerPoint presentation to be used in Kiosk mode with students. It is intended to be a stand-alone resource that Student will be able to navigate through on their own. It covers a basic introduction of the concept of force along with an introduction to Newton's Laws. It would be appropriate for a physical science or conceptual physics course. The presentation includes audio files for most slides so that students completing the lesson on their own have the opportunity to... More
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Material Type: Tutorial
Technical Format: PowerPoint
Date Added to MERLOT: November 02, 2012
Date Modified in MERLOT: November 07, 2012
Keywords: Force, Newton, Physics, Motion, Science, Mechanics


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Primary Audience: Middle School, High School
Mobile Compatibility: Not specified at this time
Technical Requirements: This PowerPoint includes the use of an embedded website to allow students access to a java applet. For this functionality, users may have to install liveweb. Alternatively the applet can be installed from the PhET website and can be run in off-line mode.
Language: English
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Creative Commons: Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 United States


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Avatar for Katlyn Witt
4 years ago

Katlyn Witt (Teacher (K-12))

This interactive PowerPoint provides a good tutorial on Newton's Laws.  There is an option to have the slides read aloud, which is very helpful with those who struggle with reading.  There are slides with questions that provide immediate feedback to the student as well as resources to go to for help.

Technical Remarks:

I'm not sure if it was just on my computer, but on the main page of the PowerPoint, the fonts did not fit in the text boxes making it a little cluttered.  The slide with the Java Applet did not have anything embedded, but I could still click the link to get to it.  Not all of the buttons are active within the PowerPoint.

Time spent reviewing site: 25 minutes

Avatar for Kyle Heffelbower
4 years ago

Kyle Heffelbower (Teacher (K-12))

There is a nice variety of teaching aids that are embedded into the lesson.  Links to the web, simulations, and quality quizzes give this resource an engaging environment for students to investigate anytime they are learning about Newton's Laws of Motion.  There is an option to have the slides read to you for auditory learners.  I also found the use of a non-linear slide progression an interesting way to give students options on what to pursue.  

Technical Remarks:

Throughout my investigations I did not notice any technical issues at all.  

Time spent reviewing site: 35 minutes