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This is a lesson plan for teaching Newton's Third Law within the context NASA's Swift satellite. Students warm up with a reading excerpt that explains thrust, the force that moves the rocket through space. Newton's Third Law comes into play as students conduct an experiment to propel a balloon along a fishing line. They must consider what force (or forces) act to counter thrust. Resource includes lesson, detailed lab procedures, Student Handout, data table, pre/post discussion questions, and answer key. Can be viewed in html or downloaded as a printable pdf document.
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Classical Mechanics
- Newton's Third Law
- Lower Undergraduate
- High School
- Middle School
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action, ball drop, balloon rocket, force, newton's third law, reaction
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Metadata instance created August 17, 2004 by Melanie Carter
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October 13, 2015 by Caroline Hall
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National Aeronautics and Space Administration, (2006), WWW Document, (http://swift.sonoma.edu/education/newton/newton_3/index.html).
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National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Goddard Space Flight Center: Newton's Third Law of Motion, (2006), <http://swift.sonoma.edu/education/newton/newton_3/index.html>.
APA Format
National Aeronautics and Space Administration. (2010, June 20). Goddard Space Flight Center: Newton's Third Law of Motion. Retrieved August 29, 2016, from http://swift.sonoma.edu/education/newton/newton_3/index.html
Chicago Format
National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Goddard Space Flight Center: Newton's Third Law of Motion. June 20, 2010. http://swift.sonoma.edu/education/newton/newton_3/index.html (accessed 29 August 2016).
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National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Goddard Space Flight Center: Newton's Third Law of Motion. 2006. 20 June 2010. 29 Aug. 2016 <http://swift.sonoma.edu/education/newton/newton_3/index.html>.
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