Newton: A Tale of Two Isaacs: Laws of Motion Fight
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  • Physics → Newton's Laws of Motion → First Law
  • Physics → Newton's Laws of Motion → Third Law
  • Physics → Newton's Laws of Motion → Second Law
  • Science → Physics → Dynamics

A fight breaks out, and Isaac Newton watches the quarrel and draws conclusions about forces based on his observations. Each boy is considered a mass, and each of their pushes is a force. At the end of the scuffle, Newton labels his conclusions "The Laws of Motion." This clip is an excellent depiction of Newton's laws of motion in a real-world context.

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  1. In groups of three, act out another scene that could be used to describe all three laws of motion. Then act out what would happen if Newton turned out to be wrong. (Students then evaluate and discuss each group's "performance").

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  • Next Generation Science Standards
    Plan and conduct an investigation to provide evidence of the effects of balanced and unbalanced forc...
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    Analyze data to support the claim that Newton's second law of motion describes the mathematical rela...
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    Apply Newton's Third Law to design a solution to a problem involving the motion of two colliding obj...

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