FERRIES: ACTING FORCES
Designed to support a school trip to Red Funnel Ferries
SCIENCE Key Stage 4
Variants: Low Ability students
Motion and Force
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During their ferry crossing students will experience the effects of forces and their effects on the motion of the Red Funnel ferry. Whilst on the ferry, students will be able to draw force diagrams to represent their ferry journey. They can go on to calculate the resultant force and direction of travel.
This resource is for students at key stage 4 and relates to the ‘Motion and Forces’ part of the Science National Curriculum, focusing on the use of force diagrams to represent the forces acting on the ferry.
The tasks link to their journey on board the Red Funnel vehicle ferry. The task requires students to draw force diagrams with labelled force arrows.
This is an on-site and post-visit resource designed to be completed during the journey with follow-up tasks back at school.
Students will complete a Force Diagram worksheet that relates to their journey on the Red Funnel vehicle ferry. Students will add labelled force arrows to force diagrams then draw a story board of force diagrams to represent their journey. Some students can then calculate resultant force and direction of travel.
Ideally, teachers will have introduced students to the concept of forces and motion prior to the trip.
Key Skills Practised
Carrying out calculations
Manipulating data into a diagrammatic form
Planning scientific enquiry
Recognising and controlling variables
Students will draw force diagrams to represent balanced and unbalanced forces. They will calculate resultant force and direction of movement. Students will plan an investigation to determine how hull shape affects the movement of a boat through water.
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This page was last updated on: 01/06/2016