Newton's Three Laws

Materials: None

Time Allotment: 3 Class Days

Overview:

This makeup lab is unique from most others in that it does not actually involve a laboratory exercise. Rather, this makeup lab involves the completion of a writing assignment which demonstrates your understanding of Newton's three laws and their applications.

The Assignment:

Newton's three laws are sometimes referred to as

Write a sentence or two about each law to describe what it says. Then express your understanding of the meaning of each of the three laws by describing several scenarios or real-world phenomena which illustrate each law. Include at least two scenarios/phenomena for each law (for a total of at least six). Explicitly explain how each scenario or phenomenon helps to illustrate one of Newton's law. Use complete sentences. Be clear, specific, and orgainized.

Assessment:

Your writing assignment/makeup lab will be assessed using the following scoring rubric.

1. Physics Understanding

Three laws are completely and accurately described; suitable scenario for illustrating each law is accurately described and explained.

0 - 5

May have failed to state each law or failed to give two applications of each law; demonstrated a questionable level of understanding by more than two major errors and/or omissions

6 - 7

Made a statement of each law and discussed two applications of each law; understanding level is suitable but not perfect as evidenced by one or two major errors and/or omissions

8

Made clear and accurate statement of each law;discussed two clever and correct applications of each law; demonstrated an excellent understanding by accurate and explicit explanations

2. Completeness

Completely described each law and provided an original application of each law.

0

On two or more instances, failed to provide a complete description or two accompanying applications

1

Failed to provide one complete description or two accompanying applications of each law

2

Provided complete descriptions and two applications for each of Newton's three laws

3. Writing Organization

Involves a logical/sequential flow of ideas; utilized sufficient transitions; easy to follow thought process.

0

A good example of linguistic gymnastics

1

Only a few mistakes

2

Very Good

 



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