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What would you expect children, on entering secondary school, to know about the force of gravity?
A key step on the journey is to move away from thinking that objects fall because they are heavy. In other words, believing...
A common, but incorrect, line of reasoning among pupils involves making the link between gravity and the atmosphere or air.
A major challenge is getting across the idea that gravity is a force that acts everywhere in the universe and is not simply...
Some pupils only associate gravity with situations where something is falling.
Some pupils believe that gravity increases with height.
There's a good chance you could improve your teaching if you were to try these strategies.
You might try using Newton's thought experiment, of throwing a ball into orbit from a huge mountain to transfer this idea that...
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