This item is a chapter on Newton's First Law and inertia from "The Book of Phyz," a free educator's guide to teaching introductory high school physics. It features easily-understood content support in the fundamentals of inertia, including a brief history of how the idea of inertia evolved from Aristotle through Newton. Related student activities, experiments, and a practice test are included in the materials.
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January 14, 2009
by Caroline Hall
July 25, 2015
by Bruce Mason
Last Update when Cataloged:
January 1, 2004
AAAS Benchmark Alignments (2008 Version)
4. The Physical Setting
6-8: 4F/M3a. An unbalanced force acting on an object changes its speed or direction of motion, or both.
9-12: 4F/H8. Any object maintains a constant speed and direction of motion unless an unbalanced outside force acts on it.
Next Generation Science Standards
Disciplinary Core Ideas (K-12)
Forces and Motion (PS2.A)
For any pair of interacting objects, the force exerted by the first object on the second object is equal in strength to the force that the second object exerts on the first, but in the opposite direction (Newton's third law). (6-8)
All positions of objects and the directions of forces and motions must be described in an arbitrarily chosen reference frame and arbitrarily chosen units of size. In order to share information with other people, these choices must also be shared. (6-8)
Relationship Between Energy and Forces (PS3.C)
When two objects interact, each one exerts a force on the other that can cause energy to be transferred to or from the object. (6-8)
Crosscutting Concepts (K-12)
Patterns can be used to identify cause and effect relationships. (6-8)
Cause and Effect (K-12)
Cause and effect relationships may be used to predict phenomena in natural or designed systems. (6-8)
This resource is part of a Physics Front Topical Unit.
Topic: Dynamics: Forces and Motion Unit Title: Newton's First Law & Inertia
This chapter from The Book of Phyz offers curriculum support for teaching about the Law of Inertia. It features well-written background information for teachers, related activities and experiments.
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