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Science World Resources: Inertia

How does inertia work? Join program specialist Lyndsay in exploring the science of Newton's First Law of Motion with these simple activities you can do at home.

Every object persists in its state of rest or uniform motion in a straight line unless it is compelled to change that state by external forces. That is, without a force (a push or a pull) intervening, objects tend to keep moving if they’re moving or tend to stay stopped if they’re stopped. This is Newton's First Law of Motion: The Law of Inertia. 

Check out the video below and challenge others with Playing Cards and Pennies and then see how tall a structure you can leave standing when you Pull the Tablecloth at home or in the classroom. For more great, free activities on Newton's Laws of Motion check out Forces on Science World Resources.