What Is a Force?

What forces are acting on you right now? The video, produced by Veritasium, asks viewers to answer this question. It also quizzes them on what a force is defined as outside of Star Wars. Clicking through to a second video provides the correct answers.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Encourage scholars to quiz people in their lives to see if they know the forces currently acting upon them
Classroom Considerations
  • Relies on prior knowledge of the meaning of perpendicular
  • Best fits as an introduction to the normal force or free body diagrams
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
  • Provides subtitles in Spanish for ELLs
  • Interactive questions help maintain viewer attention
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