Curriculum Unit: Newton’s Laws
1. Students will be able to identify Sir Isaac Newton and understand his contribution to
2. Students will be able to write Newton’s three Laws of classical mechanics.
3. Students will be able to apply Newton’s Laws to the world around them.
4. Students will be able to isolate a situation and apply Newton’s Laws.
5. Students will be able to identify a contact and a conservative force.
6. Students will be able to solve problems by drawing free body diagrams and applying
Newton 2nd Law.
7. Students will be able to demonstrate their ability to apply Newton’s Laws to nature by
constructing structures out of Eggs.
8. Students will be able to evaluate the performance of others by viewing them on TV
via Avid Cinema.
PH.1 The student will investigate and understand how to plan and
conduct investigations in which
* the components of a system are defined;
* instruments are selected and used to extend observations
and measurements of mass, volume, temperature, heat
exchange, energy transformations, motion, fields, and
* information is recorded and presented in an organized
* metric units are used in all measurements and
* the limitations of the experimental apparatus and design
* the limitations of measured quantities through the
appropriate use of significant figures or error ranges are
* data gathered from non-SI instruments are incorporated
through appropriate conversions.
PH.2 The student will investigate and understand how to analyze
and interpret data. Key concepts include
* a description of a physical problem is translated into a
mathematical statement in order to find a solution;
* relationships between physical quantities are determined
using the shape of a curve passing through experimentally
* the slope of a linear relationship is calculated and
includes appropriate units;
* interpolated, extrapolated, and analyzed trends are used
to make predictions;
* inferential statistical tests are applied in evaluating experimental data; and
* analysis of systems employs vector quantities utilizing
trigonometric and graphical methods.
PH.3 The student will investigate and understand how to
demonstrate scientific reasoning and logic. Key concepts
* analysis of primary sources to develop and refine research
* analysis of how science explains and predicts
* evaluation of evidence for scientific theories and how new
discoveries may either modify existing theories or result
in establishing a new paradigm.
PH.4 The student will investigate and understand how applications
of physics affect the world. Key concepts include
* principles with examples from the real world; and
* exploration of the roles and contributions of science and
PH.5 The student will investigate and understand the
interrelationships among mass, distance, force, and time
through mathematical and experimental processes. Key
* linear motion;
* Uniform circular motion;
* Curvilinear motion;
* Newton's laws of motion;
* celestial mechanics; and
* Work, power, and energy.
1. Students will discuss with each other who Isaac Newton is and what effects he had on
2. Students will define Newton’s Three Laws of Motion in classical mechanics (Mini
3. The students will apply their knowledge of work to problem sets.(Problem Solving)
They can then check their answers on the internet at http://welcome.to/puttphysics.
4. The students will discuss what contact forces and conservative forces are and where
they exist in nature.(Inquiry)
5. Students will differentiate between which laws apply to a give situation (Compare
6. Students will work cooperatively on problem sets in-groups (cooperative learning).
7. Students will devise a way to construct a structure with given materials and
instructions. (cooperative learning).
8. Students will evaluate other student’s work by viewing their structures on TV.
1. The teacher will provide direct instruction on all topics.
2. The teacher will lead in discussion of all new topics.
3. The teacher will provide practice problems and solutions for all students on the
Internet at http://welcome.to/puttphysics
4. The teacher will monitor cooperative learning sessions on problem sets.
5. The teacher will monitor the laboratory setting while students are discovering
6. The teacher will provide life-like example of all topic discussed.
7. The teacher will deliver direct instruction to each group on lab procedure.
8. The teacher will use ICQ to help those at home whom need it. The teacher would log
on his/her home computer and talk to students in their class and lead chat discussions
with many students simultaneously about the assignment or the lesson.
9. The teacher will us Avid Cinema to compose and edit film and still shots taken by the
students during the Lab and present it to other classes for evaluation.
Problem sets created by teacher
ICQ by Miriblis
Duct Tape (OF COURSE)
1. Student Homework will be checked for understanding
2. Students will work in-groups to help each other.
1. A test will be given following the completion of the Unit.
2. Quizzes will be given for understanding
3. Students will be given group quizzes to check for understanding
4. Students will be give lab participation grades based on their input and activity