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Force and Motion Review. A force is simply a push or a pull . All forces have both size and direction . Do you remember…. BrainPop: Force video clip. NET FORCES. When two or more forces are combined!. Some tips:. Forces in the same direction- add the two forces together.

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A force is simply a pushor a pull.

  • All forces have both size and direction.
do you remember
Do you remember…
  • BrainPop: Force video clip
net forces

When two or more forces are combined!


Some tips:

  • Forces in the same direction- add the two forces together.

+ =

  • Forces in different directions-subtract the two and figure out which direction was the stronger of the two.

- =


Balanced vs. unbalanced forces

  • Unbalanced: when the net force on an object is not zero. These produce a change in motion.
  • Balanced: when the net force on an object equals zero. These do NOT produce change in motion.

What is motion?

  • When an object changes position over time when compared with a reference point we say that the object is in motion.


  • The rate at which an object moves.
  • Depends on distance traveled and the time it takes to travel that distance.

Speed Formula

  • Average speed = total distance
  • total time


  • The speed of an object in a particular direction
  • ***Don’t confuse this with speed…they don’t mean the same thing!!

Velocity must ALWAYS include a direction

  • Ex: an airplane’s velocity might be 600 km/h south


  • The rate at which velocity changes.
  • To change velocity (change speed or direction or BOTH)
  • BrainPop: Acceleration video clip


Remember acceleration involves

three things:

  • Speeding up (this will be positive)
  • Slowing down (this will be negative)
  • Turning or changing direction

It is not just HOW MUCH velocity changes, but it is alsoHOW FAST it changes.

  • The faster velocity changes, the greater the acceleration is.

Acceleration Formula

  • Acceleration= final velocity – starting velocity
  • time it takes to change velocity
  • Velocity is expressed in meters per second (m/s) and time is expressed in seconds (s), so acceleration is expressed in meters per second per second (m/s/s)
newton s laws of motion



Newton’s Laws of Motion


BrainPop: Newton’s Laws of Motion video clip


Newton’s First Law(law of inertia)


An object at rest tends to stay at rest and an object in motion tends to stay in motion unless acted upon by an unbalanced force.


Balanced Force

Equal forces in opposite

directions produce no motion


Unbalanced Forces

Unequal opposing forces

produce an unbalanced force

causing motion


Newton’s First Law (law of inertia)

  • Mass (kg)is the measure of the amount of matter in an object.
  • INERTIA is a property of an object that describes how much it will resist change to the motion of the object
  • More mass an object has means more inertia the object will have.

What is this unbalanced force that acts on an object in motion?


  • There are fourmain types of friction:
    • Sliding friction: ex. ice skating
    • Rolling friction: ex. bowling
    • Fluid friction (air or liquid): ex. air or water resistance
    • Static friction: ex. initial friction when moving an object



  • Helps us to move (example: walking)
  • Helps us do work (example: writing)
  • Helps us get from place to place

(example: driving car on road)




  • Makes movement difficult (remember your rusty bike chain, it makes pedaling difficult)
  • Wastes energy (when friction is high, it takes more energy to move an object)
  • Heats things up (too much heat can cause fire)
  • Wears things out (look at the bottom of your shoes)


You can reduce friction by adding lubricant to an


Think about adding water to your slide, oil on

your bike chain, wax to your car, furniture polish

to the hardwood floors, ice on the pavement.

How could you increase friction?


Newton’s Second Law


Force equals mass times acceleration.


Newton’s Second Law

Force = Mass x Acceleration

  • Force is measured in Newtons
  • ACCELERATION of GRAVITY Earth) = 9.8 m/s2
  • WEIGHT is a measure of the force of gravity on the mass of an object
  • Weight (force) = mass x gravity (Earth)
  • BrainPop: Gravity video clip

This will help up remember:

Newton’s Second Law video clip

who would you choose to be your scooter board partner how does this affect acceleration
Who would you choose to be your scooter board partner? How does this affect acceleration?

If you weighed 70 pounds and your scooter board partner weighed 120, how would this affect your acceleration? What about momentum?

What would happen if the you switched positions?


Newton’s Third Law


For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.


Newton’s 3rd Law

  • For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.

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Table to



Think about it . . .

What happens if you are standing on a skateboard or a slippery floor and push against a wall? You slide in the opposite direction (away from the wall), because you pushed on the wall but the wall pushed back on you with equal and opposite force.

Why does it hurt so much when you stub your toe? When your toe exerts a force on a rock, the rock exerts an equal force back on your toe. The harder you hit your toe against it, the more force the rock exerts back on your toe (and the more your toe hurts).


Action and Reaction on Different Masses

Consider you and the earth

Action: earth pulls on you

Reaction: you pull on earth


Action: tire pushes on road

Reaction: road pushes on tire


Reaction: gases push on rocket

Action: rocket pushes on gases


This will help up remember:

Newton’s Third Law video clip

newton s laws quiz
Newton’s Laws Quiz
  • A duck flapping its wings to fly in the air.

Third law – this is equal and opposite reaction.

  • Two friends on skates are facing each other. One child gives the other a gentle push, and the skates move farther apart.

Third law. This is action-reaction force.

  • One box of apples is on a platform next to a stack of five boxes of apples. The stack of five boxes is harder to push than the single box.

Second law. Force = mass times acceleration.

  • A bulldozer pushes a wrecked car into a junkyard.

Second law – it takes a larger force (bulldozer) to push the car

newton s law quiz
Newton’s Law Quiz
  • A coin in on a playing card. The card is on top of a mug. The card is quickly pulled away from the mug, and the coin drops into the mug.

1st law – this is action-reaction

  • A child dribbles a basketball on the sidewalk.

3rd law – this is action – reaction force.

  • A passenger in a car is thrown forward when the car stops quickly.

1st Law – this is action-reaction force