Laws of Motion

Gravity Visualized in Eighth Grade Science

What’s the relationship between acceleration and velocity? How does the mass of a moving object affect its momentum? And, what does this look like in space? Students in eighth grade Science recently tackled these essential questions as they studied the foundations of Newton’s Laws of Motion.

Using a stretched spandex sheet to replicate the ‘fabric of space-time,’ students observed the gravitational reactions of objects of both similar and dissimilar masses, measuring speed, movement, and pull. Using this model, they were able to successfully graph the effect of mass and distance on an object’s velocity and form a better understanding of what provides the push and pull for gravity.

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