Teaching Tips

Drawing and Analyzing Forces

Before students learn to draw force diagrams, it is useful to go through the process of analyzing the forces acting on an object and drawing them. Once students master this process, drawing force diagrams becomes easier. This example from the Exploring Physics app  takes you through the steps of analyzing the forces that act on an object. This movie is posted on the Exploring Physics YouTube channel, and is one of a large number of tutorial movies included in the Exploring Physics Curriculum app. All movies posted on our YouTube channel are free for your use and are appropriate for a variety of grade levels, from middle to high school.

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