Physics: Motion & Forces (age 14-18) eBook

Lesson plan and student worksheets


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Product Description

44 practical activities for 14 – 18 year olds to support GCSE, AS and A Level courses covering the field of kinematics / mechanics. 

This eBook, as part of the Secondary Teaching Materials (10 ebooks), contains:

  • The full eBook (PDF) of all the experiment worksheets and teachers notes.
  • Every worksheet and teacher note as a separate PDF
  • Setup files to match these experiments are included in the EasySense1 software 

The topics include:

  • Velocity
  • Acceleration
  • Newton’s laws
  • Momentum
  • Simple harmonic motion
  • Resultant forces
  • Measurement of force due to gravity


    The range of practical experiments include:

    • Introducing the Motion sensor: Distance, objects and materials
    • Introducing the Motion sensor: Detecting movement
    • Measuring speeds on a track
    • How does the angle of a slope affect the speed of cart rolling down it?
    • How does the weight of a cart affect the speed as it rolls down a slope?
    • Average speeds / velocity
    • Acceleration (calculated by students)
    • Acceleration at the top of slope and at the bottom of a slope
    • Measuring the speed of a cart with Light gates (analogue)
    • Motion down an inclined plane slope using a Motion sensor
    • Motion down an inclined plane using a Rotary Motion sensor
    • Motion down an inclined plane using a Light gate and Spoked pulley
    • Motion up and down an inclined plane
    • Simple harmonic motion in a spring mass system
    • Simple harmonic motion (using Force and Motion sensors)
    • Simple harmonic motion (using a Rotary Motion sensor)
    • SHM: The relationship between impulse and change in momentum
    • SHM: Calculation of k from a graph of F vs. x
    • Period of an oscillating spring mass system
    • Relationship between period and the length of the pendulum
    • The relationship between a pendulum period and its' amplitude
    • Diluted gravity – measuring g by rolling a cart down a slope
    • Angle of slope, acceleration and gravity
    • Large and small falling masses
    • Acceleration due to gravity using a Picket fence and Light gate
    • Acceleration due to gravity – by free fall
    • Motion with balanced forces
    • Newton’s second law
    • Newton’s second law using Atwood’s machine
    • Conservation of linear momentum
    • Explosions and recoil
    • Investigating the effectiveness of crumple zones
    • Why 30mph?
    • Bungee jump: Resultant forces
    • Bungee jump: Impulse and change in momentum
    • Bungee jump: Force vs. extension and work done
    • Centripetal force in a pendulum
    • Conservation of angular momentum
    • Conservation of energy – bouncing ball
    • Investigating the work energy law W=dEk
    • Forces acting on a floating object
    • How does upthrust change as an object sinks into a liquid?
    • Force acting upwards on a floating object depends upon density
    • Forces in levers
    • Pulleys
    • Force extension characteristic for a spring / elastic material

    The sensors used include:

    • Force (3143)
    • Motion (3270)
    • Light Gates (3250)
    • Rotary Motion (3280)
    • Rotary Motion Accessories (3288)
    • Spoked Pulley (3177)
    • Dynamics System or Track (3800, 3802) 
    • Interrupt Card set (3803)