Unit B: Physics of Motion & Forces

Big Idea: Use academic language and mathematical thinking to analyze how forces affect an object’s motion

Learning Goal #4: Provide evidence that the change in an object’s motion depends on the net force on the object and the mass of the object.

  • Assessment: Mars Rover
  • Guiding Questions:
    • What is motion?
      • How do you measure an object’s velocity?
      • How do you measure an object’s acceleration?
      • What is the difference between velocity and acceleration?
    • What is net force?
      • How do you determine the net force acting on an object?
    • What is mass?
    • What is Newton’s Second Law?
      • How does force affect an object’s motion?
      • How does mass affect an object’s motion?
    • What evidence did you collect in the Mars Rover design challenge?
    • How does this evidence connect to Newton’s 2nd Law?
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Learning Goal #5: Apply Newton’s Laws of Motion to design a solution to a problem involving the motion of two colliding objects.

    • Assessment: Mars Lander
    • Guiding Questions:
      • What is Newton’s 1st Law?
        • What does Newton’s 1st law say about two colliding objects?
        • How did we use this law in the Mars Lander design challenge?
      • What is Newton’s 2nd Law?
        • What does Newton’s 2nd law say about two colliding objects?
        • How did we use this law in the Mars Lander design challenge?
      • What is Newton’s 3rd Law?
        • What does Newton’s 3rd law say about two colliding objects?
        • How did we use this law in the Mars Lander design challenge?
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Learning Goal #6: Determine the factors that affect the strength of electric and magnetic forces.

  • Assessment: Lab – Electromagnetic Force
  • Guiding Questions:
    • What is electric force?
      • What factors affect the strength of an electric force?
    • What is magnetic force?
      • What factors affect the strength of a magnetic force?
    • How do electric and magnetic forces affect one another?
  • Resources