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1 The History of Scientific Thought about Forces & Motion

2 Aristotle 384 B.C. – 322 B.C.  Greek scientist & philosopher  Made scientific discoveries through careful observations and logical reasoning.

3 Aristotle believed all motion is linear on the planet Earth: meaning everything moves in a straight line. If I throw this rock, it will travel in a straight line, and also fall in a straight line…. The way Aristotle thought projectiles moved The way projectiles "really" move

4 When a feather and rock are dropped at the same time, the rock will fall to the ground first. Aristotle believed that the Earth pulls on objects according to their weight.This means that a large heavy object will fall to the ground faster than a large light object Aristotle Reality

5 Galileo Galilei  Astronomer & Physicist  Struggled against the church to have his ideas accepted They locked me up for this?

6 Falling Objects & gravitational pull  Galileo experimented with ramps and dropping things to find that all objects fall at the same rate. Acceleration due to gravity 9.8 m/s 2 or 9.8 m/s/s

7 Galileo and Constant Acceleration The inclined plane experiment

8 Galileo’s Projectile experiment

9 Galileo worked out that there was a force acting in the opposite direction to motion and that if this force was decreased (by using oil, grease etc) then the object in motion would move further before stopping. From this Galileo was to formulate his Law of Inertia Unbalanced Forces!

10 Sir Isaac Newton English mathematician Built on Galileo’s work

11 1 st Law of Motion An object will keep the same motion unless acted on by an unbalanced force

12 2 nd Law of Motion  The force of an object depends on the mass of the object multiplied by the acceleration Sometimes, F = ma

13 3 rd Law of Motion  Every action force has a equal and opposite reaction force.


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