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E-Nertia & The Laws

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Nancy McGowan


Bluff Park Elementary, Hoover City Schools


Newton' 3 Laws explain the properties of motion.  "E-Nertia & The Laws" highlight the basic principles in rhythmical terms as an introduction to others following their own study of Newton's Laws of Motion. Students built "Derby Cars" from recycled materials as a means of studying and learning Newton's Laws through personal application.  In the background of the video, you will notice students driving the Derby Cars in our annual race.

Length: 01:11

Content Areas: Science

Alabama Course of Study Alignments and/or Professional Development Standard Alignments:

SC (8)
8. Identify Newton's three laws of motion.
  • Defining terminology such as action and reaction forces, inertia, acceleration, momentum, and friction
  • Interpreting distance-time graphs
    SC2015 (8) Physical Science
    8. Use Newton's first law to demonstrate and explain that an object is either at rest or moves at a constant velocity unless acted upon by an external force (e.g., model car on a table remaining at rest until pushed).
    SC2015 (8) Physical Science
    9. Use Newton's second law to demonstrate and explain how changes in an object's motion depend on the sum of the external forces on the object and the mass of the object (e.g., billiard balls moving when hit with a cue stick).
    SC2015 (8) Physical Science
    10. Use Newton's third law to design a model to demonstrate and explain the resulting motion of two colliding objects (e.g., two cars bumping into each other, a hammer hitting a nail).*

    National/Other Standards:

    Standard 3-Students apply a wide range of strategies to comprehend, interpret, evaluate, and appreciate texts.

    Standard 7-Uses reading skills and strategies to understand and interpret a variety of informational texts 

    Standard 8-Uses listening and speaking strategies for different purposes 

    Standards 8-Students use a variety of technological and informational sources to gather and synthesize information and to create and communicate knowledge. 


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