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published by the The Physics Classroom
written by Tom Henderson
This website, from the Physics Classroom, offers a detailed physics tutorial for high school students explaining Newton's Third Law of  Motion. The page gives a thorough description of action-reaction force pairs with illustrations and example exercises. Links are provided to tutorials on Newton's other laws of motion.
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Motion, Forces, and Energy
- Newton's Third Law
= Action/Reaction
- High School
- Middle School
- Lower Undergraduate
- Instructional Material
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Access Rights: Free access
Restriction: © 2002 The Physics Classroom
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Keywords: Action-Reaction, force pairs
Record Creator: Metadata instance created February 25, 2009 by Logan Hancock
Record Updated: Oct 11, 2015 by Caroline Hall
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November 13, 2014
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AAAS Benchmark Alignments (2008 Version)

4. The Physical Setting

4F. Motion
  • 9-12: 4F/H4. Whenever one thing exerts a force on another, an equal amount of force is exerted back 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)
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AIP Format
T. Henderson, (The Physics Classroom, 2002), WWW Document, (http://www.physicsclassroom.com/class/newtlaws/Lesson-4/Newton-s-Third-Law).
AJP/PRST-PER
T. Henderson, The Physics Classroom: Newton's Third Law, (The Physics Classroom, 2002), <http://www.physicsclassroom.com/class/newtlaws/Lesson-4/Newton-s-Third-Law>.
APA Format
Henderson, T. (2014, November 13). The Physics Classroom: Newton's Third Law. Retrieved September 30, 2016, from The Physics Classroom: http://www.physicsclassroom.com/class/newtlaws/Lesson-4/Newton-s-Third-Law
Chicago Format
Henderson, Tom. The Physics Classroom: Newton's Third Law. The Physics Classroom, November 13, 2014. http://www.physicsclassroom.com/class/newtlaws/Lesson-4/Newton-s-Third-Law (accessed 30 September 2016).
MLA Format
Henderson, Tom. The Physics Classroom: Newton's Third Law. The Physics Classroom, 2002. 13 Nov. 2014. 30 Sep. 2016 <http://www.physicsclassroom.com/class/newtlaws/Lesson-4/Newton-s-Third-Law>.
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