Physics Tug of War

This Physics Tug of War activity & project also includes:

Slide books with a little assistance from Newton. Using books, groups create a demonstration of Newton's Second Law of motion. Pupils compare the distance traveled by one and two books when they apply a force to them.

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CCSS: Designed
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Have groups record a prediction of what will happen prior to doing the activity
  • Conduct the activity to ensure the books will slide on the surface with the rubber band force
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires a flat, level surface
  • Provides pictures to show the setup of the activity
  • Gives suggestions for extensions
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