In these activities you should notice the effect of gravity on some objects in motion. You may want to draw pictures of how the objects travel.

Try It #1

This is a tough one. Take an object (that won’t break) and drop it. Notice the path it takes to the ground – straight down. This is because when you let the object go, gravity pulls it to Earth.

You can increase the speed it falls by throwing it down instead of just dropping it. You are applying a force.

Try It #2

Grab a ball and a friend. You should play catch. Notice the path the ball takes as you throw it to one another.

Now have a throwing contest. See who can throw the ball the farthest. Notice the path of the ball.

The ball doesn’t travel straight down. It goes in kind of an arched path. You are applying a force when you throw the ball. The ball is going away, maybe even upwards, but gravity keeps pulling. After a short time gravity takes over and pulls the ball to Earth.

Applying more force can overcome gravity for longer periods. Objects can travel farther. That is why strong, professional athletes can throw farther than kindergarteners. You can also use tools to help you apply more force.

Try It #3

Get a ball and racket or bat. Try throwing the ball as far as you can by hand. Mark your best throw. Next, hit the ball with the racket or bat. Mark your best hit. Did you hit the ball farther than you could throw it? The tool helped you apply more force.

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