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Science in Focus: Force and Motion
About the Workshops
1. Making an Impact
2. Drag Races
3. When Rubber Meets the Road
5. Keep on Rolling
6. Force Against Force
7. The Lure of Magnetism
Supplemental Resource List

About the Workshops - Workshop Goals

Workshop Overview
-Workshop Goals-
Workshop Structure and Materials
About the Contributors


  • Develop an understanding of forces as interactions.
  • Develop the ability to analyze the forces acting on objects.
  • Develop the ability to analyze the motion of objects.
  • Develop an appreciation for Newton's Laws of Motion.


  • Identify and represent forces, including:

Contact forces:
    • Active pushes or pulls (e.g. by the human body; rubber bands or springs)
    • Passive pushes or pulls (e.g. by floor or rope)
    • Friction (e.g. sliding, rolling, or fluid resistance)

Non-contact forces:
    • Gravitational, electrical, and magnetic forces
  • Explain the forces acting on objects that are:
    • At rest
    • Moving with a constant speed
    • Moving with a constant acceleration
  • Describe and explain (using words, pictures, data tables, and graphs) the motion of objects in one dimension, including:
    • Linear horizontal or vertical motion
    • Falling, with and without air resistance
    • Motion on an inclined plane (e.g. rolling and sliding)
  • Describe the motion of objects using appropriate terms including:
    • Instant in time
    • Interval of time
    • Position
    • Instantaneous speed
    • Mass
    • Acceleration
  • Develop a familiarity with terms related to force and motion including:
    • Inertia
    • Vector
    • Pressure
    • Stability
    • Net force
    • Power

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