In the Inertia unit, students will learn about Newton’s three laws of motion: a body at rest tends to stay at rest and a body in motion tends to stay in motion, items with a high velocity will keep moving unless a force is exhibited on them, and for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. They will also learn that liquids have inertia just a solids do, and students will also love learning about centrifugal force.
Enrichment activities are offered at the end of each experiment. They will encourage students to see if they get different or similar results if they push an item slower or faster, if they used different types of objects, or if the size of an object matters. Students will enjoy learning by feeling the power of inertia, not just seeing it. They’ll be encouraged to experience the different types of movement (i.e.: spinning verses swinging). They’ll be amazed by how inertia affects different kinds of eggs. And when they are swinging on the playground, they will find themselves conducting their own science experiment.
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