Topics:

A. Force
B. Machines

A. Force
1 - All about forces
URL: http://www.engineeringinteract.org/resources/parkworldplot/flash/concepts/allaboutforces.htm
Teacher's Description: An animated introduction to the different types of forces, requires Flash

2 - Take a walk!
URL: http://teams.lacoe.edu/documentation/classrooms/judi/forces/activities/walk/walk.html
Teacher's Description: An online experiment to investigate the effect of different surfaces on friction.

3 - Moon olympics
URL: http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/explorations/space/level1/MoonOlympics.htm
Teacher's Description: An interactive activity that explains how playing sports on the Moon would be different.

4 - What is a force?
URL: http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/ks3bitesize/science/energy_electricity_forces/forces/revise2.shtml
Teacher's Description: An introduction to forces and motion. Pupils could explore pages 1 - 8

5 - Funderstanding roller coaster
URL: http://www.funderstanding.com/coaster
Teacher's Description: An interactive rollercoaster design simulator. Requires Java

6 - Skydive from the Stratosphere
URL: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/escape/skydive.html
Teacher's Description: A reenactment of Joe Kittinger's record-breaking jump. Requires Shockwave

7 - Omega sector
URL: http://puzzling.caret.cam.ac.uk/index.php?section=home&style=3
Teacher's Description: Pupils need to select the size and direction of the force to get them back to base. They must take into account the effects of gravity and avoid being blasted.

8 - Unbalanced Forces
URL: http://lgfl.skoool.co.uk/viewdetails_ks3.aspx?id=501
Teacher's Description: Short animated slideshow and self test, also relates to unit 9k. Requires Flash. An odd (small) error in the quiz, again. The red team wins!

9 - Sports shoes
URL: http://www.cookeassociates.com/seesite/SHOES/shoes_index.htm
Teacher's Description: Four resources to demonstrate the many roles played by engineering, science and technology in today's sports. Includes forces in Formula 1.

10 - Forces
URL: http://www.lessonplanspage.com/ScienceForceAndMotion-MeasurementNewtons9.htm
Teacher's Description: A lesson plan to introduce forces and their effect on motion.

11 - Friction
URL: http://teacher.scholastic.com/dirtrep/friction/
Teacher's Description: 4 web pages about friction in everyday life. This could be useful as a homework activity. There is a lot to read through and not a lot of visual impact.

12 - Lunar lander
URL: http://www.adha.org/kidstuff/games/lunar/lunar.htm
Teacher's Description: A fun game that involves using forces to land the lunar craft

13 - Gravity
URL: http://www.amnh.org/ology/?channel=astronomy#features/gravity?TB_iframe=true&height=500&width=600
Teacher's Description: A thought provoking exercise about gravity. Useful as a starter to a lesson.

14 - Demonstrating physics: forces
URL: http://www.teachersmedia.co.uk/videos/ks3-ks4-science-demonstrating-physics-forces
Teacher's Description: A 15 min video of tips on delivering forces concepts in an interesting manner. A thought provoking introduction to moments at the beginning. Requires registration to download

15 - Balanced forces
URL: http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/ks3bitesize/science/energy_electricity_forces/forces/revise5.shtml
Teacher's Description: An explanation of balanced forces. Pupils can explore pages 5 and 6

16 - Simultaneous drop of two objects with different masses
URL: http://paer.rutgers.edu/PT3/experiment.php?topicid=2&exptid=17
Teacher's Description: 2 videos that can be analysed frame by frame to study how falling is independent of mass.

17 - Aristotle-vs-Galileo
URL: http://sdsu-physics.org/NaturalScience100/Topics/1Universe/4natural_laws.html
Teacher's Description: An fun animation about falling objects set in Pisa. Would be good for extension work as some of the explanations are at quite a high level e.g. Equations.

18 - Balanced Forces
URL: http://lgfl.skoool.co.uk/viewdetails_ks3.aspx?id=500
Teacher's Description: Short animated slideshow and self test to show that balanced forces produce no change in the movement of an object, also relates to unit 9k.

19 - Amusement park physics
URL: http://www.learner.org/interactives/parkphysics/index.html
Teacher's Description: A series of pages explaining the physics of amusement park rides, includes a number of interactive activities.

20 - Your Weight on other Worlds
URL: http://www.exploratorium.edu/ronh/weight/index.html
Teacher's Description: Information page on the difference between mass and weight. Nice exercise to calculate pupils' weight on different planets. Reference to 'other worlds' could lead to misconceptions.

21 - The gravity story
URL: http://library.thinkquest.org/27585/frameset_intro.html
Teacher's Description: A wealth of information and some great interactive simulations about gravity. Back to top

B. Machines
1 - Simple Machines
URL: http://www.edheads.org/activities/simple%2Dmachines/
Teacher's Description: Students can interactively explore the house and toolshed to locate machines. The simple and compound machines found here are not exactly the same as in the syllabus but the downloadable worksheets can be modified.

2 - Pivots and Levers
URL: http://lgfl.skoool.co.uk/viewdetails_ks3.aspx?id=490
Teacher's Description: Short animated slideshow with self test to introduce turning effects.

3 - Simple machines
URL: http://www.cosi.org/files/Flash/simpMach/sm1.html
Teacher's Description: Animated guide to simple machines and how they make work easier. Note; the units are in imperial.

4 - Levers: simple machines
URL: http://www.enchantedlearning.com/physics/machines/Levers.shtml
Teacher's Description: An animated page explaining the three classes of levers, with examples.

5 - Levers
URL: http://www.vectorpark.com/levers/
Teacher's Description: Fun game balancing objects on a mobile.

6 - Mechanical madness
URL: http://pbskids.org/dragonflytv/games/game_mechanical.html
Teacher's Description: A fun game using mechanical components to complete activities.

7 - Goldburger to go
URL: http://pbskids.org/zoom/games/goldburgertogo/index.html
Teacher's Description: Getting a Heath Robinson type machine to work. Requires flash 6.0 or higher.

8 - Lever Principle
URL: http://www.walter-fendt.de/ph14e/lever.htm
Teacher's Description: This applet shows a symmetrical lever with some interactive mass pieces to balance, can be used to show The Principle of Moments.

9 - Lifting lever part 1
URL: http://camillasenior.homestead.com/Lifting_Lever_Part_1.pdf
Teacher's Description: Worksheet PDF printable. Slight variation of the meter rule see-saw balancing experiment. Can be used with part 2 see details separately.

10 - Lifting lever part 2
URL: http://camillasenior.homestead.com/Lifting_Lever_Part_2.pdf
Teacher's Description: Worksheet PDF printable.You may wish to use this results recording page for some pupils with the experiment detailed in part 1.

11 - Levers
URL: http://www.technologystudent.com/forcmom/lever1.htm
Teacher's Description: An explanation of levers, including the three classes of levers.

12 - Moments questions
URL: http://www.freezeray.com/flashFiles/balance.htm
Teacher's Description: 10 interactive questions about moments.

13 - Learn about gear basics
URL: http://www.fi.edu/time/Journey/Time/Escapements/gearint.html
Teacher's Description: 4 pages about levers, a wheel and axle and gears.

14 - Machines table of contents
URL: http://www.galaxy.net/%7ek12/machines/
Teacher's Description: Links to a series of experiments on simple machines.

15 - Clockwise and Anticlockwise Moments
URL: http://lgfl.skoool.co.uk/viewdetails_ks3.aspx?id=617
Teacher's Description: Short animated slideshow and self test introducing moments

16 - Science of cycling
URL: http://www.exploratorium.edu/cycling/index.html
Teacher's Description: A series of web pages explaining the science of cycling.

17 - Gears and pulleys
URL: http://www.technologystudent.com/gears1/geardex1.htm
Teacher's Description: Links to a number of animated pages on gears and pulleys.

18 - Balanced beam
URL: http://www.freezeray.com/flashFiles/balancedBeam.htm
Teacher's Description: An interactive moments experiment. Students should see the similarities between this and levers they use in daily life. Use the resource to explore how to best lift a heavy load with the least effort.

19 - Inventors workshop
URL: http://www.mos.org/sln/Leonardo/InventorsWorkshop.html
Teacher's Description:Site looking at the life and works of Leonardo DaVinci Back to top