Physics Resources in the Learning Commons – Isaac Newton’s Birthday January 4th


Sir Isaac Newton was born on January 4th, 1643 and is considered to be one of the greatest scientists that ever lived forming theories of force, gravity, and optics. There are several videos about Newton on Learn360 and Discovery Education.


Here are just a few:

Newton’s Laws of Motion

Sir Isaac Newton: The Gravity of Genius

Forces and Motion: Getting to Know Newton

Let’s Move it: Newton’s Laws of Motion

Standard Deviants School Physics: Three Laws of Motion

In our Overdrive library, we have a wide range of physics resources for you to enjoy:


Newton: The Tale of Two Isaacs (video)

As Newton devotes himself to the difficult and solitary path of challenging the existing view of the universe, Humphrey wavers between pursuing science or following his heart.

Newtons Laws

What are Newton’s Laws of Motion

This exciting book examines how Sir Isaac Newton developed three basic laws that govern the way in which objects move. Readers will learn how Newton expanded on the work of other great scientists, including Galileo and Copernicus, to make his important discovery. The book also explains how Newton’s laws have influenced modern science and technology in areas such as sports and transportation.

Forces and Motion

Forces and Motion

Science projects for kids pertaining to forces and motion.

Mechanical Engineering

All About Mechanical Engineering

The basic principles of mechanical engineering are Isaac Newton’s three laws of motion regarding force, acceleration and deceleration, and actions and reactions. Working with these basic rules, today’s engineers continue to create inventions that make our lives easier.

Physical Science

Physical Science Daily Skill Builders

Connect students in grades 4–6 with science using Physical Science: Daily Skill Builders. This 96-page book features two short, reproducible activities per page and includes enough lessons for an entire school year. It covers topics such as simple machines and alternative energy sources, understanding the behavior and uses of electricity, and framing scientific questions and recognizing scientific evidence.

Give it a push, Give it a pull

Give it a Push, give it a Pull

You push a swing. Your brother pulls a wagon. Forces are at work all around you. But what exactly is a force? And how do forces act on different objects? Read this book to find out! Learn all about matter, energy, and forces in the Exploring Physical Science series—part of the Lightning Bolt Books™ collection. With high-energy designs, exciting photos, and fun text, Lightning Bolt Books™ bring nonfiction topics to life!

Physics Experiments

Kid’s Science: Physics Experiments (video)

Science fun at home! Welcome to a fun and exciting way of learning about the world of physics. Kid Science: Physics Experiments has a wealth of information about magnetism, electricity, friction, gravity and many other fascinating topics. Construct your own telephone, pulley, magnet and simple electric circuit. Includes a variety of engaging experiments using ordinary household materials. Easy-to-follow video instructions and demonstrations make learning fun. Explore the amazing properties of air and water.

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