Forces Lab

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Here's a force to be reckoned with in the physics classroom! Scholars discover the movements associated with tension, compression, and other common forces through a hands-on simulation. Pupils pull, push, and twist their way through each scenario, complete with everyday examples.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Extend the lesson by asking pupils to research and determine other real-world examples of torsion and tension at work
  • Break out a Slinky and demonstrate the forces the lab shows
Classroom Considerations

  • Make sure individuals have a computer with Internet access to work through the interactive
Pros

  • Simple explanations using common terms make the lesson very relatable
  • Great examples illustrate each force on a larger scale
  • The resource is perfect for introducing common forces to younger students
Cons

  • None