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									                       Physics: Force and Motion Unit
Teacher: Rebecca McIntire
Phone: 207-899-6472
E-mail: rebecca.mcintire@maine.edu

        In this unit, students will explore the concepts of force and motion and their
effects on the universe. They will be expected to understand that the laws that govern
force and motion are constant across the universe, that force and motion are directly
related, and that they can gain a better understanding of the world around them through
the study of force and motion. Students will be able to demonstrate their knowledge of
force by using Newton’s three laws to solve complex problems that deal with real-life
situations, make sense of data that they obtain in order to show their knowledge of
position, displacement, and velocity, solve equations, manipulate formulas, and use
simulation software to prove that a roller coaster they designed could work, analyze
charts and graphs with data from real-life experiments, assume the role of a scientist and
conduct an experiment, and recognize the relevance of force and motion in their lives.
For their final project, students will gain knowledge of a real-life application of force and
motion through researching a given sports controversy, and presenting their findings to
the class who will pose as the organization who oversees the rules of that sport.

Established Goals:
Maine Learning Results: Science and Technology - D. The Physical Setting
D4 Force and Motion
Grades 9- Diploma
Students understand that the laws of forces and motion are the same across the universe.
c. Describe the contribution of Newton to our understanding of force and motion, and
give examples of his three laws of motion.

Understandings:
•A better understanding of the laws of nature can be acquired through the study of forces
and motion.
•The laws of nature remain constant across the universe.
•Force and motion are directly related.

Essential Questions:
•How can one gain an understanding of the laws of nature through the study of forces and
motion?
•Why do the laws of nature remain constant across the universe?
•How are force and motion related?

Expectations:
Students will know:
•Formulas: the kinematics equations & how to use them, Newton's three laws of motion
& how to apply them to situations and problems.
•Terminology: the difference between distance and displacement, the difference between
speed and velocity, a new way to look at acceleration and force.
•Important people & equipment: Newton, how to use motion sensors, how to use force
sensors.
Students will be able to:
•Demonstrate their knowledge of force by using Newton’s three laws to solve complex
problems that deal with real-life situations.
•Make sense of data that they obtain in order to show their knowledge of position,
displacement, and velocity.
•Solve equations, manipulate formulas, and use simulation software to prove that a roller
coaster they designed could work.
•Analyze charts and graphs with data from real-life experiments.
•Assume the role of a scientist and conduct an experiment.
•Recognize the relevance of force and motion in their lives.
         Attendance is mandatory, however if you must miss a class, see me to find out
what you missed. You will be expected to turn in any assignments given the day you
missed the next time we meet for class after you find out about the assignment. If
anything was due the day you missed, you must turn it in when you first return back.
         Assignments are expected to be on time and done completely. If an assignment is
not completed, I will return it to you, and a letter grade will be dropped for every school
day it is late.
         If there is any reading or homework, it is to be expected that it will be done for
the beginning of the next class. There will be no working on past classes’s homework
during class.

Benchmarks:

Class Participation: 15 %
Students will be expected to participate in all class discussions. They will take part in
every lab and experiment done in class.

Performance Task: 25%
For their final project, students will gain knowledge of a real-life application of force and
motion through researching a given sports controversy, and presenting their findings to
the class who will pose as the organization who oversees the rules of that sport. This will
be graded by rubrics given at the time of the assignment.

Lab Reports: 25%
Students will do two lab experiments and two lab reports. This lab reports will be typed,
including all data and corresponding graphs. These lab reports will be graded with rubrics
given at the time of the assignments.

Homework: 10%
Problem sets as well as conceptual questions will be given as homework. If any of this is
turned in late, it will be given less credit, but still counted.
Reflective pieces: 10%
After each class, students will be expected to do a blog entry. This will be given
feedback, but graded on a done or not basis. Also, some of the class work will require a
reflection in addition to the blog, which will also be given feedback but graded on a done
or not basis.

Unit Test: 15%
There will be a test after the last class

Grading Scale:
99-100=A+ 95-98=A 93-94=A- 91-92=B+ 87-90=B 85-86=B- 82-84=C+ 78-81=C 75-
76=C- 74=D+ 71-73=D 70=D- 0-69=F


Assignment Schedule               Topic                        Assignments


Day 1                             Position and Velocity        Blog
                                                               LabReport

Day 2                             Acceleration                 Blog
                                                               Reflection
                                                               Lab Report

Day 3                             Newton’s Laws                Blog
                                                               Problem Set (Problem Set
                                                               will be given to you on this
                                                               day) & Conceptual
                                                               Questions
Day 4                             Roller Coasters              Blog
                                                               Reflection
                                                               Worksheet &
                                                               Data/Calculations
Day 5                             Rockets                      Blog
                                                               Worksheet &
                                                               Data/Calculations

Day 6                             Modern Relevance             Blog
                                                               Webquest Proposal
                                                               Unit Test

Day 7 & 8                         Performance Task Research    Presentations of Performance
                                                               Tasks

								
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