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Forces and simple machines: Overview

Year 7 Science: Physical Science [VCSSU]

Source: NASA (2011).

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Brief, basic information laid out in an easy-to-read format. May use informal language. (Includes most news articles)


Provides additional background information and further reading. Introduces some subject-specific language.

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Lengthy, detailed information. Frequently uses technical/subject-specific language. (Includes most analytical articles)

General Capabilities
Enduring Understandings
  • Patterns allow the identification and description of relationships. including cause and effect
  • Stability is the result of competing, but balanced forces
Essential Questions

Replace with teacher's statement on Rubicon Atlas.

Forces & simple machines | Overview: Keywords

Level 1Keywords
Click on the terms to access a simple definition from Lexico, the online Oxford Dictionary.

Force, Magnetic, Insert

Forces & simple machines | Overview: Articles

Level 1Articles

Forces & simple machines | Overview: eBooks

Level 1 resourceeBooks

Forces & simple machines | Overview: Online resources

Level 1 resourceWeb sites

Level 1 resourceFilm and videoUsing YouTube on campus help and instructionsTo view these video on campus remember to first login to your school Google account using your mConnect username and password. Click here for more help on using YouTube on campus.

Level 1 resourceFilm and video

Forces & simple machines | Overview: Content and skills

  • Content: What students need to know and understand
  • Skills: What skills students need to demonstrate
  • A force is a push or a pull
  • An unbalanced force causes change
  • Forces can be contact or non-contact
  • Magnetic fields can apply a force from a distance
  • Electrostatic forces are non contact forces
  • Friction slows down moving objects
  • Simple machines decreases the amount of effort needed to do work
  • A pulley changes the size or direction of a force
  • There are different types of machines
  • Forces are involved in sport
  • Earths gravity pulls objects to the centre of the Earth
  • Gravity keeps planets in orbit around the Earth
  • The Earth, Sun and Moon interact with each other
  • The Moon reflects the Sun's light
  • Seasons are caused by the tilt of the Earth

Forces & simple machines | Overview: Curriculum alignment

Level 1Victorian CurriculumThis Mentone Girls' Grammar School LibGuide supports the following Victorian curriculum outcomes. Click on the links to explore more.

Australian Curriculum Alignment

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