Contact and Non-Contact Forces

 

A helpful and engaging resource aligned with the Australian Curriculum for Year 4 students who are completing the Science unit Physical Sciences (ACSSU076) with a focus on how forces can be exerted by one object on another through direct contact or from a distance. The 16 informational slides provide learners with knowledge that can be applied to the 4 worksheets included in this download.

 

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Students will learn about:

  • What the term ‘force’ means
  • What forces can do to objects
  • Types of contact forces: friction, tension, normal and applied forces
  • Types of non-contact forces: electrostatic, gravitational and magnetic forces
  • How to recognise and identify different forces
  • How contact and non-contact forces are similar
  • How speed affects the size of a force
  • The difference between a push and a pull
  • An Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander game that involves forces

 

Information covered in the informational slides:

  • What is a force?
  • What can a force do?
  • Contact forces
  • Types of contact forces
  • Contact forces picture identifying task
  • Non-contact forces
  • Types of non-contact forces
  • Non-contact forces picture identifying task
  • Contact or non-contact forces
  • How are contact and non-contact forces similar?
  • Push or pull?
  • How is speed affected by the size of a force?
  • ATSI games and forces: gorri

 

This resource includes 4 worksheets that improve knowledge about different types of forces. 

 

An answer key is included for easy marking!

 

Worksheet 1: Close Passage – Contact and Non-Contact Forces

Worksheet 2: Contact or Non-Contact Forces Picture Sorting Task

Worksheet 3: Is It a Push or Pull? Categorising Task

Worksheet 4: Types of Forces Multiple Choice & Short Answer Questions

 

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