What Forces Do

These diagnostic questions and response activities (contained in the zip file) support students in being able to:

  • Understand that a force makes things change: the speed, direction and/or shape of an object.

  • Explain changes caused by more than one force acting on an object at the same time.

  • Predict correctly the changes caused by forces of different sizes and direction on an object.

  • Identify situations in which a force (push or pull) is acting.

  • Recognise that the motion of objects that are heavier and/or moving faster are harder to change.

  • Describe the changes, in a range of situations, which a force makes to the speed, direction and/or shape of an object.

The resources include details of common misconceptions and a summary of the research upon which the resources are based.

Download the zip file for all the questions and activities.

More resources like this can be found on the BEST webpage:  Best Evidence in Science Teaching

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