May the Force Be With You! (Grades 8-10)

Instructor

Stephen Sweet

Science Teacher

Stephen Sweet has been teaching middle and high school science for 16 years. He is currently a high school integrated science and chemistry teacher in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. After receiving his B.Sc in Chemistry from Simon Fraser University and his B.Ed. fro the University of British columbia, he taught for 7 years in Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada before moving overseas to Beijing, China, and then to Kuala Lumpur. He now been overseas for more than 9 years. Certified by the British Columbia College of Teachers, he currently teaches the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program, and has taught the Middle Years Program, as well as the B.C. curricula in Science 9, 10, Chemistry 11 and 12, and Physics 11.

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Overview

Have you ever been on a roller coaster, like the people in the picture above?  If not, have you been an any amusement park ride?  Or in a fast-moving car that stops suddenly? Have you ever wondered how airplanes stay in the sky?

 

Amusement park rides are exciting and thrilling because of the forces that are exerted on our bodies. Objects move, stop, and change direction between because of the invisible actions of forces. In this course, we will study different types of forces and their impact on objects!  Our course will focus on the following guiding question:

How can we use the concepts of forces and Newton's Laws to describe and predict the movement of any object?

 

Learning Objectives (Grades 8-10)

By the end of the course you should be able to:

- define force and the effects that a force can have on an object.

- describe different types of forces (gravitational, friction, elastic, magnetic, normal) and the effect that each force can have on an object’s motion

- draw free body diagrams and determine the magnitude and direction of the net force on an object

- state Newton’s First Law of Motion and explain how it relates to objects at rest and objects in motion

- state Newton’s Second Law of Motion  and explain the relationship between force, mass and acceleration

- state Newton’s Third Law of Motion and give examples of force pairs

 

Course Requirements and Assumptions

This course is intended for students at a high school level (Grade 8-10) who already have some knowledge about motion.  It is assumed that students can describe there relationships between position, distance, time, velocity, and acceleration. A short review will be included within the introductory activities.

 

Course Activities and Assessments

Each week you will complete the following:

1. Learning Activities which may include: videos, pHet simulations, readings, webquests

2. Discussion Posts which will include your own posting and responding to at least 2 of your colleagues posts

3. Weekly Assessment which could include MC questions, concept map creation, writing.

These weekly assessments can be changed, corrected and resubmitted after being given feedback (automatic in the case of MC questions, or from peers or the instructor)

The Final Assessment will be the creation of a video showing the movement of a body, the description of forces acting on the object, and showing Newton's Laws in action. More information can be found under the Tasks.

 

Course Duration

This course is intended to take approximately 5 weeks, assuming 1 hour per day or 5 hours per week.

Week 1:  Introduction

Week 2: Types of Forces

Weeks 3/4: Free Body Diagrams and Newton's Laws

Week 5:  Work on Assessment

 

Communication Methods

The easiest ways to communicate with your classmates and the instructor are:

1. Discussion posts - This is the preferred method of communication as it allows everyone to be part of the discussion.  Post any questions about the course, content, or assessments in the appropriate discussion post.  Since we are working as a team, everyone is able to answer questions from classmates.  

2. If you have an individual question, you may email the instructor who will attempt to respond within 24 hours.  

 

About the Instructor

Stephen Sweet has been teaching middle and high school science for 16 years. He is currently a high school integrated science and chemistry teacher in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. After receiving his B.Sc in Chemistry from Simon Fraser University and his B.Ed. fro the University of British columbia, he taught for 7 years in Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada before moving overseas to Beijing, China, and then to Kuala Lumpur. He now been overseas for more than 9 years.

Certified by the British Columbia College of Teachers, he currently teaches the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program, and has taught the I.B. Middle Years Program, as well as the British Columbia curricula in Science 9, 10, Chemistry 11 and 12, and Physics 11.

Course content

  • Introduction

  • Types of Forces

  • Free Body Diagrams

  • Newton's Laws

  • References

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