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written by Tom Henderson
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This set of 30 interactive problems, developed for high school physics, addresses the learners' ability to distinguish between mass and weight, determine net force, construct free-body diagrams, relate acceleration to net force and mass, and combine Newton's Second Law analysis with kinematics to solve for unknown quantities.

Editor's Note: Of special note for students with disabilities: audio-guided solutions are available for each problem.

The Physics Classroom is a set of resources created for learners and teachers of high school physics. It includes comprehensive tutorials, problem sets with solutions, extra help for struggling learners, Shockwave animations, multimedia learning modules, labs, and photo gallery.
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Classical Mechanics
- Newton's First Law
- Newton's Second Law
- Newton's Third Law
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Newton problems, action/reaction, differentiated instruction, force, force diagrams, force interaction, force pairs, force problems, free-body diagrams, inertia, motion problems, online problems, practice problems, problems for Newton's laws of motion, special educators, students with disabilities
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AAAS Benchmark Alignments (2008 Version)

4. The Physical Setting

4F. Motion
  • 6-8: 4F/M3a. An unbalanced force acting on an object changes its speed or direction of motion, or both.
  • 9-12: 4F/H1. The change in motion (direction or speed) of an object is proportional to the applied force and inversely proportional to the mass.
  • 9-12: 4F/H2. All motion is relative to whatever frame of reference is chosen, for there is no motionless frame from which to judge all motion.
  • 9-12: 4F/H8. Any object maintains a constant speed and direction of motion unless an unbalanced outside force acts on it.

10. Historical Perspectives

10B. Uniting the Heavens and Earth
  • 9-12: 10B/H1. Isaac Newton, building on earlier descriptions of motion by Galileo, Kepler, and others, created a unified view of force and motion in which motion everywhere in the universe can be explained by the same few rules. Newton's system was based on the concepts of mass, force, and acceleration; his three laws of motion relating them; and a physical law stating that the force of gravity between any two objects in the universe depends only upon their masses and the distance between them.

12. Habits of Mind

12B. Computation and Estimation
  • 9-12: 12B/H2. Find answers to real-world problems by substituting numerical values in simple algebraic formulas and check the answer by reviewing the steps of the calculation and by judging whether the answer is reasonable.
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