Ch 60: MTEL Middle School Math/Science: Newton's First Law of Motion

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Get back in touch with Sir Isaac as you view the lessons in our Newton's First Law of Motion chapter. Let us take you through the work of this extraordinary genius as you prepare for the MTEL Middle School Math/Science exam.

MTEL Middle School Math/Science: Newton's First Law of Motion - Chapter Summary

These lessons will reacquaint you with the first of Newton's laws of motion. Study them while you get ready for the MTEL Middle School Math / Science exam. The following material is provided in the videos:

  • Explanation of Newton's First Law of Motion
  • Inertia, mass, weight and velocity
  • Force and motion; unbalanced vs. balanced forces
  • Working with free-body diagrams
  • Understanding and calculating net force

These lessons are designed to help you study effectively and efficiently. The timeline feature in the videos allows you to go directly to the sections you want to view. This lets you target the areas you need to review and skip those with which you are comfortable. We highlight key terminology in the videos and transcripts, and you can track your progress using your dashboard.

MTEL Middle School Math/Science: Newton's First Law of Motion Chapter Objectives

Your performance on the MTEL Middle School Math/Science exam is measured against a standard body of required subject-area knowledge that forms the criteria for certification in this area. Our lessons will provide you with reference material for Subarea VIII: Physics, which is weighted as 8% of the score.

You will have 100 multiple-choice questions to answer on the MTEL Middle School Math/Science exam, and two more for which you must give open-ended written responses on mathematics and science respectively. The multiple-choice section of the test comprises 80% of the score, and the open-ended assignments form the remaining 20%.

8 Lessons in Chapter 60: MTEL Middle School Math/Science: Newton's First Law of Motion
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Newton's First Law of Motion: Examples of the Effect of Force on Motion

1. Newton's First Law of Motion: Examples of the Effect of Force on Motion

This lesson describes Newton's first law of motion, also known as the law of inertia. The interaction between force and motion is explained. Several examples are used to discuss the implications of this law on earth and in space.

Distinguishing Between Inertia and Mass

2. Distinguishing Between Inertia and Mass

Mass and inertia are both related to the amount of matter an object has, but they aren't exactly the same thing. In this video lesson, you'll see how mass affects an object's inertia, which in turn affects that object's motion.

Mass and Weight: Differences and Calculations

3. Mass and Weight: Differences and Calculations

We often talk about mass and weight as if they are the same. While they are proportional to each other, they are not, in fact, the same. In this video lesson, you will learn to distinguish between the two, as well as convert one to the other.

State of Motion and Velocity

4. State of Motion and Velocity

An object's state of motion describes how it is moving. But there are many ways we can describe motion, such as speed and velocity. This motion is relative to other objects around it, such as the earth, the sun, and even other stars in our galaxy.

Force: Definition and Types

5. Force: Definition and Types

Force is everywhere and it comes in a variety of sizes, directions, and types. In this video lesson, you'll identify force as well the different types of force that objects may experience.

Forces: Balanced and Unbalanced

6. Forces: Balanced and Unbalanced

Forces are needed to start or stop an object's motion, but can also be involved when an object is at rest or already traveling at constant velocity. In this video lesson, you'll identify the difference between balanced and unbalanced forces, understanding how they affect the movement of objects.

Free-Body Diagrams

7. Free-Body Diagrams

Forces that act on an object can be drawn through special vector diagrams called free-body diagrams. In this video lesson you'll identify how to correctly represent forces in a free-body diagram through vector arrows and force labels.

Net Force: Definition and Calculations

8. Net Force: Definition and Calculations

Because forces are vectors, we can't simply add them up to get a total amount of force on an object. Instead, we calculate the net force, which is important to understand because it tells us about an object's state of motion.

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