Physics: Investigate the Mechanics of Nature

Physics: Investigate the Mechanics of Nature

Have you ever noticed that the physical world works in certain ways? When you push an object it moves. Skateboarders use force and motion to perform tricks. If you jump up as high as you can, you’ll quickly fall back to the ground. Baseball players use gravity to bring the ball back down when they throw it. When you flip a switch, electricity powers your toaster. Rock bands use electricity to put on a show. The fascinating science of physics helps you understand why forces, motion, gravity, electricity, light, and sound work in predictable ways.

Combining inquiry-based, age-appropriate activities with physics topics, Physics: Investigate the Mechanics of Nature features graphic novel illustrations, fascinating sidebars, youtube links, and a glossary of important vocabulary to illuminate the complex world of physics and bring it to life. Projects include designing a skateboard park that maps the forces at work on the skateboarder and the skateboard, arguing your way out of a speeding ticket using the properties of physics, and creating a stage design for a rock band that places electric current where it is needed. Additional materials include a list of current reference works, websites, and Internet resources.

Scientific topics that can be dry and difficult to understand are fun when they relate to scenarios that explain the how and why of everyday phenomena. Through the use of common examples, new technology, and hands-on activities, discover how the physical world around you functions!

Price (suggested retail)

  • Softcover, $16.95
  • Hardcover, $21.95
  • eBook, $12.95

Grade Level 7–9

Ages 12–15

GRL X

Subjects

  • Engineering & Technology
  • Physics
  • STEM - STEAM

Author
 

Illustrator
Sam Carbaugh 

Specs

  • 8 x 10
  • black and white interior
  • 128 pages

Includes

  • Table of Contents
  • Timeline
  • Glossary
  • Resources
  • Index

ISBN 13

  • Softcover, 9781619302310
  • Hardcover, 9781619302273

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Have you ever noticed that the physical world works in certain ways? When you push an object it moves. Skateboarders use force and motion to perform tricks. If you jump up as high as you can, you’ll quickly fall back to the ground. Baseball players use gravity to bring the ball back down when they throw it. When you flip a switch, electricity powers your toaster. Rock bands use electricity to put on a show. The fascinating science of physics helps you understand why forces, motion, gravity, electricity, light, and sound work in predictable ways.

Combining inquiry-based, age-appropriate activities with physics topics, Physics: Investigate the Mechanics of Nature features graphic novel illustrations, fascinating sidebars, youtube links, and a glossary of important vocabulary to illuminate the complex world of physics and bring it to life. Projects include designing a skateboard park that maps the forces at work on the skateboarder and the skateboard, arguing your way out of a speeding ticket using the properties of physics, and creating a stage design for a rock band that places electric current where it is needed. Additional materials include a list of current reference works, websites, and Internet resources.

Scientific topics that can be dry and difficult to understand are fun when they relate to scenarios that explain the how and why of everyday phenomena. Through the use of common examples, new technology, and hands-on activities, discover how the physical world around you functions!


Reviews

Publishers Weekly
“ Part of the Inquire and Investigate series, this interactive introduction to physics aims to give readers a working understanding of such topics as motion, electricity, and magnetism, presented through comics-style panels, allusions, and experiments. A skateboarder practicing tricks embodies principles like force and friction. For Newton’s laws of motion, Gardner uses a theoretical train wreck as a way to discuss inertia and momentum (cartoon figures set up their own accident scenario with toy cars, and readers are invited to create their own car-wreck scenes). Physics computations are kept to a minimum, with the focus instead on providing a general familiarity with overarching ideas and sparking interest through hands-on methods.”

SWON Libraries Recommends
“. . . an excellent choice for students interested in or studying physics in middle grade science.”

National Science Teachers Association Recommends
“. . . The investigations will make ‘physics come alive’ for students with the real life applications. The projects would be perfect for science fairs, classroom projects, and for parents to complete at home with children. There is a complete glossary and resource guide including websites, books, and periodicals. The content supports the NGSS Standards. . .This book is a well–written resource for classroom teachers, students, and parents.”

Daniel Michael, M.Ed., PMP, Manager, Learning Design and Development
“I really enjoyed the approach the book takes to introducing physics concepts to middle school students. The book is relational, engaging, and promotes scientific investigation.”

Marla Conn, Educational Consultant
“A+++! This title was very well thought out, with a great flow and sequence and amazing text features. With QR codes that are engaging and relevant, Physics offers real-world critical thinking and application. I love this title!”

Andy Marquis, High School Physics and Chemistry Teacher
“Both a valuable supplemental text for mid-level educators and a call to curiosity for kids who wonder where their interests intersect with the world of physics.”

OTHER TITLES IN THE INQUIRE AND INVESTIGATE SERIES:

Music: Investigate the Evolution of American Sound by Donna Latham
School Library Journal
“This overview is a STEAM advocate’s delight. …an admirable synopsis of the multicultural history of American music.”


Look Inside

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Projects

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Skateboard Ramp Design

Your town is looking to design a skateboard park and they have asked for suggestions. You and a group of your friends have some ideas for ramps and would like to submit them to the committee.

Click here to download a print-friendly PDF


Author-Illustrator

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Jane Gardner

Jane P. Gardner has worked in publishing as a writer and editor of educational material for the K–12+ market for over a decade. With master’s degrees in geology and education, Jane brings her unique combination of skills in science and education to each project. Jane lives in Melrose, MA.


Nomad Press Titles Written by Jane

More Details

Grade Level: 7–9
Ages: 12–15
GRL: X
Subjects: Engineering & Technology, Physics, STEM - STEAM,
Specs: 8 x 10 , black and white interior , 128 pages,
Includes: Table of Contents, Timeline, Glossary, Resources, Index,

Reviews

Publishers Weekly
“ Part of the Inquire and Investigate series, this interactive introduction to physics aims to give readers a working understanding of such topics as motion, electricity, and magnetism, presented through comics-style panels, allusions, and experiments. A skateboarder practicing tricks embodies principles like force and friction. For Newton’s laws of motion, Gardner uses a theoretical train wreck as a way to discuss inertia and momentum (cartoon figures set up their own accident scenario with toy cars, and readers are invited to create their own car-wreck scenes). Physics computations are kept to a minimum, with the focus instead on providing a general familiarity with overarching ideas and sparking interest through hands-on methods.”

SWON Libraries Recommends
“. . . an excellent choice for students interested in or studying physics in middle grade science.”

National Science Teachers Association Recommends
“. . . The investigations will make ‘physics come alive’ for students with the real life applications. The projects would be perfect for science fairs, classroom projects, and for parents to complete at home with children. There is a complete glossary and resource guide including websites, books, and periodicals. The content supports the NGSS Standards. . .This book is a well–written resource for classroom teachers, students, and parents.”

Daniel Michael, M.Ed., PMP, Manager, Learning Design and Development
“I really enjoyed the approach the book takes to introducing physics concepts to middle school students. The book is relational, engaging, and promotes scientific investigation.”

Marla Conn, Educational Consultant
“A+++! This title was very well thought out, with a great flow and sequence and amazing text features. With QR codes that are engaging and relevant, Physics offers real-world critical thinking and application. I love this title!”

Andy Marquis, High School Physics and Chemistry Teacher
“Both a valuable supplemental text for mid-level educators and a call to curiosity for kids who wonder where their interests intersect with the world of physics.”

OTHER TITLES IN THE INQUIRE AND INVESTIGATE SERIES:

Music: Investigate the Evolution of American Sound by Donna Latham
School Library Journal
“This overview is a STEAM advocate’s delight. …an admirable synopsis of the multicultural history of American music.”


Projects

project image

Skateboard Ramp Design

Your town is looking to design a skateboard park and they have asked for suggestions. You and a group of your friends have some ideas for ramps and would like to submit them to the committee.


Click here to download a print-friendly PDF

Author-Illustrator

author image

Jane Gardner

Jane P. Gardner has worked in publishing as a writer and editor of educational material for the K–12+ market for over a decade. With master’s degrees in geology and education, Jane brings her unique combination of skills in science and education to each project. Jane lives in Melrose, MA.

Nomad Press Titles Written by Jane