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What are ForcesNewtons 3 Laws of Motion

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  • A force is a push or a pull or a turn
  • List some examples of forces.
  • Balanced and unbalanced forces and calculate net force.
  • Forces can speed up, slow down or change the direction of an object.
  • Forces can be applied by Contact or Non-Contact (at a distance) and those applied at a distance have a field around them.
  • Forces have size and direction and are measured in Newtons (N)
  • Measure the size of forces.
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Frictional forces

  • Friction is a contact force which acts in the opposite direction to motion
  • Friction is both good and bad.
  • Identify where friction is good and technology is used to increase it
  • Identify where friction is bad and technology is used to decrease it
  • Importance of friction in everyday situations (starting and stopping)


  • Describe ways objects become charged.
  • Identify the two types of charge (+ & -)
  • State the rules of attraction & repulsion.
  • Identify that there is a field around a charged object.
  • Draw diagrams of the effect of charged objects on each other
  • Give examples of everyday situations of electrostatic forces


  • Identify the two types of magnetic pole (N & S)
  • State the rules of attraction & repulsion.
  • Define the term ‘field’ and identify the field around a magnet.
  • Draw magnetic fields around bar magnets
  • Describe the effect of magnetic poles on each other
  • Identify everyday uses of magnets and electromagnets


  • Identify that all objects exert a force of gravity on all other objects
  • Identify examples of gravitation forces
  • Define mass and weight and the difference
  • Identify that gravity acts on us through a field.