Forces and Motion

In everyday terminology the word 'Force' is used to describe something which involves a great effort. Sometimes it is used as a verb: 'he/she forced me to do it.'

In Science, however, Force has a very specific meaning : it is a push or a pull. There are many and varied examples in our everyday lives and they can involve large or small pushes and pulls (e.g. pushing a car, pulling a rope, throwing a javelin). If we are going to think about forces and motion then we need to specify direction.

Content

Measuring Force, Mass, Speed
Velocity, Acceleration
Balanced Forces
Forces that oppose motion
What children might say or think about forces
Self assessment