Interactive visual site where pupils experiment on the effects of different levels of force on different objects. Also explores concepts such as speed, distance, gradient and weight.View full description
(Flash Required - works on FireFox) A simple interactive Flash game based on hydraulics. A nice animation to connect Force, mass and pressure together. Pressure is force/area and force is mass x gravity. Students can visually see the effect of increasing the mass on pressure but also by increasing the force on pressure.View full description
Strand: 01. Mechanics
Strand unit: 07. Density & Pressure
Suggestions for use: Driving question: What effect has increasing the force have on pressure needed to lift the weight? Students can discuss the relationship between force, mass and pressure.
An interactive Flash animation in which students test the effects on friction of different surfaces and speeds. An excellent stimulation to an experiment or driving question. Students can change the surfaces from dry, wet, grassy along with varying the speed. Will the biker get over the hills safely?View full description
Strand: 4. Physical World
Strand unit: 3. Relationships between Physical Observables
Suggestions for use: Use stimulation to introduce/ review the concepts behind the friction experiment. Students could have performed a self discovery task prior to the animation with mini toy-cars and varying surface materials. This stimulation could be used on the whiteboard as a means of recapping the main concepts.
Key Skills: Communicating Managing Information and Thinking Working with Others Numeracy Managing Myself
3-stage lesson which explains simple machines, examines their roles in everyday gadgets and allows students to examine the forces in action in the use of these machinesView full description
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