Forces and Motion


How do people move? What is friction? How do bicycle brakes work? Read ‘Forces and Motion’ to find out! Learn about what friction is, where you will find it, and how people use friction in everyday life. Each book in the ‘My World of Science’ series explains science that you see in the world around you and use every day.
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How do people move? What is friction? How do bicycle brakes work? Read ‘Forces and Motion’ to find out! Learn about what friction is, where you will find it, and how people use friction in everyday life. Each book in the ‘My World of Science’ series explains science that you see in the world around you and use every day.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Amy S. Hansen
Part of the “Essential Physical Science” series, Royston covers basic physics. Forces make something move or change something’s movement. Moving objects face friction and gravity. Royston explains how one defines movement and measures patterns in the movement. Each page or pair of pages has a paragraph introducing the somewhat abstract science as well as one or two concrete examples. Under the category of using force to change direction, Royston writes a caption for a tennis player, explaining her personal force (as well as the racquet) change the direction of the ball. This approach of following broad and abstract concepts with specific examples is an excellent way of introducing the science topics. My two problems with the book are with its design. First, I wanted to be led a little more carefully through the science. Since each paragraph has a heading, and all of the headings are close to the same size, it is difficult to tell which is the primary paragraph for the topic. It was easy to read these items out of order. Second, I wanted more pictures of girls and women. Most of the pictures showed men or boys in motion. Only showed girls or women. While this does not change the science, it does change the impression of who can understand it. Back matter includes an experiment, glossary, list of books and websites, places to visit for further investigation, and an index. Reviewer: Amy S. Hansen; Ages 8 to 12.
School Library Journal
Gr 4–6—An improvement over Capstone's gimmicky "LOL Physical Science" series, these surveys of physical forces and phenomena combine straightforward, nontechnical explanations with well-designed graphics and murky but generally revealing photographs. The coverage is not always systematic-only one of the three classes of levers is mentioned in Forces and Motions, for instance, and AC and DC not at all in Electricity-but the texts are broken up into digestible blocks, with plenty of sidebars and captions. Even less able readers will come away with at least broad overviews of the covered topics. Each volume includes directions for several simple projects or demonstrations and suggested topics for further study.HighlightsIn this generally above average lot, Arcturus's "Science F.A.Q." stands out for younger readers, and for middle graders Heinemann's "Anatomy of an Investigation" offers a broad mix of hands-on projects, scientific analysis, and cool accounts of forensics in action. Heinemann's "Night Sky: And Other Amazing Sights in Space" is likewise commendable for its broad scope and enticing topics. Despite problematic illustrations, the tours in Amicus's "Do You Really Want to Visit…?" will leave readers with vivid impressions of planetary surfaces and atmospheres as well as basic facts about them. The other series provide well-tuned curriculum support and would make serviceable replacements for older titles on their topics.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781432981457
  • Publisher: Heinemann-Raintree
  • Publication date: 7/1/2013
  • Series: Essential Physical Science Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 9 - 11 Years
  • Lexile: 920L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Angela Royston has written many books for young people, including books about people at work, animals, health and the environment.
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Table of Contents

What Is a Force?     4
Machines and Forces     6
Natural Forces     8
Moving Your Body     10
Stopping     12
Changing Shape     14
Changing Direction     16
Getting Faster     18
Slopes     20
Friction     22
Testing Friction     24
Using Friction     26
More and Less Friction     28
Glossary     30
Answer     31
More Books to Read     31
Index     32
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