These worksheets look at forces and motion. You will find many basic physics worksheets.

Anything that has push or pull creates a force. For anything to be undergoing motion a push or a pull force had to move it along. Forces can be created by many of different ways. There are commonly thought to six different types of forces including gravity, friction, elastic, electromagnetic, nuclear, and tension. Isaac Newton was fascinated with the concept of forces. He was especially keen to the concept of gravity. Gravity is a force that pulls things down to earth. Gravity is invisible and yet it is hugely influential on how anything travels on Earth and other planets. When an object rubs up against another it is referred to as friction. When a force is generated by electricity and magnetic fields created by it is referred to electromagnetic. When an object is stretched beyond its normal length and let force generate for it to return to its normal length is termed elastic. When the energy found within an atom and its subatomic particles is released this releases nuclear energy. Tension forces can be generated by pulling with string, cable systems, or chain-like materials on objects.

The worksheets start out pretty simple by just having students identify things that normally are pushed or pulled. Students then start to actually quantify these movements of the objects. We start with the concept of speed and then learn to compare it to the concept of velocity. We show students another factor in movement with the concept of acceleration. We then move on to how gravity creates movement and students will learn some of the math behind gravity. We will move on to be able to classify different types of energy and determine the power output of various objects. The sheets in this series have a wide range of applications from basic push/pull forces to advanced applications of calculating speed and forces associated with it.

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Which Objects Do You Pull?

Circle all the pictures that you would pull.

Push or Pull?

Write push or pull for each picture.

Pushing and Pull Through the Day

When we push or pull something it creates a force. This can cause object to move in the direction we are pushing or pulling. You push and pull objects everyday.

Speed and Velocity

Speed measures of how fast or slow an object is moving. Velocity is a measure of speed in a specified direction. The units for both speed and velocity are both expressed as a specific distance traveled over a specific amount of time.

Average Speed

Graph the five data points on the figure below and answer the questions about the data on the blanks underneath.

Calculating Acceleration

Acceleration describes changes in speed, velocity, or direction.

Speed vs. Time

What is happening (see graph) to the speed as time increases?

Distance vs. Time

Use your graphing skills to answer each question.

The Force of Gravity and Acceleration

The Earth pulls on things constantly without us even realizing it.

More on Gravity

If a ball falls for 5 seconds, how far will it have traveled?

Vector Diagrams

When multiple forces act on an object, we must sum the magnitudes and directions of each of the vectors to calculate the resultant force vector.

Force = Mass x Acceleration

See how mass affects the translation to acceleration.

Force, Movement and Energy

Write the letter of the definition in column II that matches the scientific terms in column I.

Kinetic and Potential Energy

We use a lot of bicycle references in here.

Work = Force x Distance

Work is the product of the force applied to an object and the distance the object moves. The unit of work is the joule (J).

Determine Power

Power on this sheet is measured in watts.

Topic Crossword

Use this crossword and work on units.