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Hidden forces

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

  • Describe how a person’s hand uses force to support different sized weights.         
  • Describe how the size of force exerted by a spring changes as it is squashed.       
  • Explain how a ruler, made into a bridge, changes to support weights of different sizes.     
  • Explain how objects of different weights can all be supported by the same floor.   
  • Explain how a string can support objects of different weights and hold each one at rest.

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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