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ERIC Number: EJ944184
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Oct
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8148
May the Force Be with You!
Young, Timothy; Guy, Mark
Science and Children, v49 n2 p32-37 Oct 2011
Students have a difficult time understanding force, especially when dealing with a moving object. Many forces can be acting on an object at the same time, causing it to stay in one place or move. By directly observing these forces, students can better understand the effect these forces have on an object. With a simple, student-built device called a Fin-di ("fin dee"), students can visually see the sum of all these forces, called the "resulting force" or "net force." This activity is for upper elementary grades, but could be initiated at lower elementary grades as a visual indication of which way pushing, pulling, rotating, and stopping (friction) net forces are acting on an object. (Contains 6 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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