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Force & motion
Lafferty, Peter.
Personal Author:
First American edition.
Publication Information:
New York : DK Publishing, 2000.
Physical Description:
64 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm.
Explores the principles of force and motion, describing how they have been applied from ancient to modern times.
General Note:
Includes index.

Originally published: London : Dorling Kindersley, c1992.
Reading Level:
1110 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 7.8 1.0 11065.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 7.7 7 Quiz: 16352 Guided reading level: NR.
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QC73.4 .L34 2000 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Force and motion have changed our view of the universe -- and Eyewitness Force & Motion is the perfect way to learn more about them! Discover how Archimedes made water run uphill; why a perpetual motion machine cannot be built; why a spinning top stays upright. Superb full-color photographs of original equipment, 3-D models, and ground-breaking experiments make this a compelling look at force and motion.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-7-- These two series entries explore traditional topics in the lavish full-color photographs and drawings characteristic of so-called coffee table books. Many are of items rarely seen in science books--historic equipment from museum collections. Each chapter runs two pages, with a short introduction and explanations around the numerous illustrations. Because the art dominates, the text is limited and provides just a glimpse of each subject. Whereas the attractive format of these books links them, the quality of writing divides them. Matter follows conventional themes such as changes of state, molecules, and the nucleus. Several times it lapses into sloppy explanations, e.g., stating that table salt in water forms atoms rather than ions. On the other hand, Force & Motion is well written, featuring standard subjects (friction and gravity) mixed with unusual ones (the science of cannonballs and hoists). Librarians should couple these books with standard ``text-heavy'' science books. Unfortunately, no list of recommended readings is included in either one. Yet for the art alone, these books are fine additions to most collections. --Alan Newman, American Chemical Society, Washington, DC (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

The world in motionp. 6
Ramps and wedgesp. 8
Wheels and axlesp. 10
Archimedes' screwp. 12
Floating and sinkingp. 14
Leversp. 16
Hoist awayp. 18
Getting into gearp. 20
Complex machinesp. 22
Galileo's science of motionp. 24
The science of the cannonballp. 26
Newton's clockwork universep. 28
Newton's Laws in actionp. 30
Gravity: the long-range forcep. 32
Weight and massp. 34
Collisionsp. 36
Frictionp. 38
Energyp. 40
Combined forcesp. 42
Pressure and flowp. 44
Back and forthp. 46
Giant vibrationsp. 48
Making wavesp. 50
Around in circlesp. 52
Spiraling inp. 54
Spinning topsp. 56
The ultimate speed limitp. 58
Einstein's gravityp. 60
The fundamental forcesp. 62
Indexp. 64