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written by Tom Henderson
This web page contains an in-depth tutorial on the topic of Newton's First Law (often referred to as the Law of Inertia), suitable for beginning students of physics. It features multiple animations to accompany the text, plus self-guided question-and-answer sets. Included is a discussion of the meaning of unbalanced force, the relationship between inertia and mass, everyday applications of the First Law, and a brief historical background.
This item is part of The Physics Classroom, a web-based collection of tutorials for high school physics students.
This resource is part of a Physics Front Topical Unit.
Topic: Dynamics: Forces and Motion
Unit Title: Newton's First Law & Inertia
Beginning students gain an in-depth, yet entertaining view of the background and applications of the Law of Inertia. Through animations and self-guided problems, this tutorial helps students understand the idea of unbalanced force and see that mass is a measure of the amount of inertia.Link to Unit:
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