STEMonstrations: Newton's 2nd Law of Motion

Do the laws of physics apply in space? Astronaut Randy Bresnik explores Newton's second law of motion in one part of the "STEM on Station" series. Then, learners explore the same concepts in the classroom by propelling a car weighted with different numbers of pennies. They graph and analyze their results, drawing conclusions based on what they learned from the video and experiment.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Flip the classroom by having pupils watch the video at home and hypothesize what will happen during experiment
  • Have learners design an additional experiment to test Newton's second law of motion
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires some materials not found in typical classroom
  • Expects participants have safety goggles
  • Provides a comprehensive worksheet for learners
  • Activity is fun and relevant and has an engaging hook
  • None
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