FOSS Module Summary

Module Summary – Forces in Action

We live in a dynamic world where everything is in motion, or so it seems. But not everything is moving the same way. Some things move from one place to another. Other things rotate around and around. Still other things are stationary, stable for a time, balanced on a thin line between stop and go. Other objects push and pull from a distance. These are the global phenomena that students experience in the Forces in Action Module.

Students engage with the phenomena of forces—contact forces that make objects start to move or change their motion, and force at a distance—gravity and magnetism. They investigate moving objects, and then apply their understanding to design ways to control or change the motion of those objects.

Throughout the Forces in Action Module, students engage in science and engineering practices to collect and interpret data to answer science questions, make predictions, construct explanations, and define problems in order to compare solutions and communicate findings. Students gain experiences that will contribute to understanding of crosscutting concepts of patterns; cause and effect; scale, proportion, and systems and system models.

For a description of each investigation in Forces in Action, please see the Forces in Action Module Overview.

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