Physics : investigate the mechanics of nature (Inquire & Investigate) (#0676GN9)

by Gardner, Jane P; illustrated by Carbaugh, Samuel

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Hardcover Nomad Press, a division of Nomad Communications, 2014
Price: USD 18.86
Description: vii, 219 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm.
Dewey: 530; Int Lvl: YA
LEX 900L; GR X


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Paperback Nomad Press, a division of Nomad Communications, 2014

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Highlights: Encourages readers to engage in student-directed--as opposed to teacher-guided--learning, providing readers with tools to become inquiry-based learners. Hands-on activities challenge readers to develop and test hypotheses, ask questions, and formulate solutions. Readers learn how to analyze, evaluate, and present data collected. Develops skills central to the Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core Standards for education.

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Includes bibliographical references (page 116) and index. "Features graphic novel illustrations, sidebars, youtube links, and a glossary of important vocabulary to bring the complex world of physics to life. Inquiry-based, age-appropriate projects include designing a skateboard park that maps the forces at work--both on the skateboarder and on the skateboard--and creating an electroscope to detect electric charges around your house or school"--Back cover.

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Have you ever noticed that the physical world works in certain ways? 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 activities with physics topics, Physics: Investigate the Forces 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, and creating a stage design for a rock band that places electric current where it is needed. Additional materials include a timeline, a list of current reference works, and Internet resources.

This title meets Common Core State Standards for literacy in science and technology; Guided Reading Levels and Lexile measurements indicate grade level and text complexity.

Product Details
  • Publisher: Nomad Press, a division of Nomad Communications
  • Publication Date: July 15, 2014
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Series: Inquire and investigate
  • Dewey: 530
  • Classifications: Nonfiction
  • Description: vii, 219 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm.
  • Tracings: Carbaugh, Samuel, illustrator.
  • ISBN-10: 1-61930-227-6
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-61930-227-3
  • Follett Number: 0676GN9
  • Interest Level: YA
  • Lexile: 900L
  • Guided Reading Level: X

Reviews & Awards
  • Publishers Weekly, 05/12/14
  • The Science Teacher (NSTA), 11/01/14

Full-Text Reviews
Publishers Weekly (May 19, 2014)
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. Ages 12-15. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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