The Standard Curriculum
The concepts developed in this standard include the following:
position of an object can be described by locating it relative to
another object or the background.
∑ Tracing and measuring its position over time can describe an objectís
∑ Speed describes how fast an object is moving.
∑ A force is any push or pull
that causes an object to move, stop, or
change speed or direction.
∑ The greater the force, the greater the
change in motion will
be. The more massive an object, the less effect a given force will have on
∑ Energy may exist in two states:
kinetic or potential.
∑ Kinetic energy is the energy of motion.
∑ Friction is the
resistance to motion
created by two objects moving against each other.
Friction creates heat.
∑ Unless acted on by a force,
objects in motion tend to stay in motion
and objects at rest remain at rest. In order to
meet this standard, it is expected that students should be able to:
∑ identify the forces that cause an objectís motion.
∑ describe the direction of an objectís motion: up, down, forward,
∑ infer that objects have kinetic energy.
∑ design an investigation to determine the effect of friction on moving