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Engineering: Using Newton's Laws of Motion

Engineering: Using Newton's Laws of Motion

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What are Newton’s three Laws of Motion (first described in 1687), and how are they applied in order to create design and engineering solutions?

This slide set also may be used when teaching activities from Think Like an Engineer Teacher's Guide.



Author(s): Gregory L. Vogt, EdD, Barbara Z. Tharp, MS, Michael T. Vu, MS, and Nancy P. Moreno, PhD.
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Engineering: Using Newton's Laws of Motion

An Engineer's Approach

Engineering Flight

Newton's Third Law of Motion

Four Forces of Flight

Boomerangs: Spinning Wings

Materials, Shape and Size Matter

Lift and Air Speed

How to Throw a Boomerang

Launch Angle and Target Distance

Compensating for Gravity

Catapults: Powering Projectiles

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