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Ch 11: TExMaT Master Science Teacher 8-12: Newton's Laws & Gravity

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As you prepare for your TExMaT Master Science Teacher 8-12 certification assessment, use these quick, informative videos to strengthen your comprehension of Newtonian laws and the role and effects of gravity. Transcripts are also provided if you'd prefer to read.

TExMaT Master Science Teacher 8-12: Newton's Laws & Gravity - Chapter Summary

This chapter presents a series of short, engaging, illuminating videos on gravity and Newton's laws to help you succeed on the physical science portion of the TExMaT Master Science Teacher 8-12 certification test. Lesson topics include:

  • Newton's laws of motion
  • The relationship between mass and weight
  • Gravity and Newton's laws
  • Examples of free-body diagrams
  • The acceleration of gravity and objects
  • The relationship between mass and gravity

The lesson quizzes offer you a chance to test yourself and pinpoint concepts that could use additional coverage. If you need any assistance with a quiz question or would like further information about the material in a lesson, reach out to our instructors.

Objectives of the TExMaT Master Science Teacher 8-12: Newton's Laws & Gravity Chapter

The resources in this chapter are designed to help you master Newton's laws of motion and gravity so you can ace those questions on your TExMaT Master Science Teacher 8-12 certification exam. Physical science topics take up 18% of the exam content. Equally weighted are the Earth/space science, life science, and lab safety/scientific history and inquiry content domains. You'll also be evaluated on classroom management and science instruction. Alignment, evaluation and integration takes up 14% of the exam, and leadership, mentorship and the learning environment takes up the final 14%.

You'll have five hours to work through the 90 multiple-choice questions and one case study assignment on the exam, which is paper-based. Use this chapter's lesson quizzes to get acclimated to the TExMaT format and practice speeding up your test-taking pace.

8 Lessons in Chapter 11: TExMaT Master Science Teacher 8-12: Newton's Laws & Gravity
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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.

Mass and Weight: Differences and Calculations

2. 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.

Newton's Second Law of Motion: The Relationship Between Force and Acceleration

3. Newton's Second Law of Motion: The Relationship Between Force and Acceleration

This lesson defines Newton's second law of motion. Examples are used to illustrate how unbalanced forces cause objects to accelerate. The examples are used to practice calculating acceleration and force for objects in motion.

Newton's Third Law of Motion: Examples of the Relationship Between Two Forces

4. Newton's Third Law of Motion: Examples of the Relationship Between Two Forces

This lesson describes Newton's third law of motion. Examples are provided to illustrate how interacting objects experience forces. The lesson explains how objects accelerate as a result of force. Applications of Newton's third law are illustrated in nature, machines, and space.

The Law of Universal Gravitation: Definition, Importance & Examples

5. The Law of Universal Gravitation: Definition, Importance & Examples

Gravity is what pulls us toward Earth, but it's also what pulls Earth toward us. This is explained by the law of universal gravitation, which describes how all objects in the universe have this important force between them.

Newton's Laws and Weight, Mass & Gravity

6. Newton's Laws and Weight, Mass & Gravity

Did you know that mass and weight are not the same? This lesson describes the difference between the two as well as the effect of gravity on weight. Examples are used to teach you how to calculate weight based on mass and acceleration of gravity.

The Acceleration of Gravity: Definition & Formula

7. The Acceleration of Gravity: Definition & Formula

In this lesson, we will introduce the acceleration due to gravity. Objects in free fall are one of the few real world examples of straight line motion with constant acceleration, so they are commonly used when learning kinematics.

Determining the Acceleration of an Object

8. Determining the Acceleration of an Object

Acceleration is a change in an object's state of motion. A few variables need to be identified to calculate an object's acceleration, but once we have those values, we can put them into a simple equation to find out how quickly or slowly an object's velocity is changing.

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