Forces and Motion

Use a checklist

Teaching Guidance for 11-14 Supporting Physics Teaching

Drawing forces

In drawing in the forces around a lever, encourage the pupils to think through a checklist (episode 01 of SPT: Forces topic) before placing each arrow:

Teacher: What provides the force?

Lois: My hand (the effort).

Teacher: What is the force acting on?

Sarah: The lever.

Teacher: Where does the force act?

Eloise: At one end of the lever.

Teacher: What is the strength of the force?

Zac: XX newtons.

Teacher: How long shall we make the arrow to represent this force?

Ibrahim: Shorter than the force on the load.

Teacher: In which direction does the force act?

Penel: Downwards.

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