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Which Force Do I Use?

SIn this worksheet, students will be asked to apply their understanding of forces to the activities they experience daily.

'Which Force Do I Use?' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:  Forces and Magnets

Curriculum subtopic:  Forces: Contact and Magnetic

Difficulty level:  

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Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Think about all the different things you do every day, from getting dressed to playing games.

 

Every time you do something, you are using pushes and pulls. Pushes and pulls are forces.

 

Pushes and pulls make things move.

 

Man pushing girl on swing

 

To start the swing moving, Peter has to push it.

 

Pushes and pulls stop things moving, too.

 

Let's learn about the pushes and pulls you use every day!

Paper aeroplane

 

To make the paper aeroplane fly you have to...

push it

pull it

Fridge freezer

 

This is a fridge-freezer.

 

To open the fridge door you have to...

push it

pull it

So, now, to close the fridge door you have to...

push it

pull it

Hammer drawing nail out of wood

 

Is this hammer pushing or pulling this nail in order to get it out of the piece of wood?

pulling it

pushing it

Football

 

To roll this  football to your friend, you have to...

push it

pull it

Now, to stop the ball rolling, your friend has to...

push it

pull it

Dof playing with cracker

 

This is a fun Christmas game!

 

What force do you think the dog is 'exerting' (=making happen) on the cracker?

it's pushing the cracker

it's pulling the cracker

Man and shopping trolley

 

This man has a heavy shopping trolley, full of food and other stuff.

 

To make it move, what sort of force do you think he's using?

he's pushing it

he's pulling it

Table lamp

 

This is a table lamp with a chain to turn it on and off.

 

If the lamp is lit now, what do you have to do to turn it off?

push the chain

pull the chain

tug moving tanker

 

In this picture the barge loaded with containers is being moved by a smaller boat called a tug.

 

Look at it carefully and decide what sort of force the tug is using to move the heavy barge.

it's pushing the barge

it's pulling the barge

  • Question 1

Paper aeroplane

 

To make the paper aeroplane fly you have to...

CORRECT ANSWER
push it
EDDIE SAYS
Bet you've made one of these before - there are so many different designs! Also, bet you knew that to make the paper aeroplane fly, you need to push it into the air. It's a good example of a force moving something away from you.
  • Question 2

Fridge freezer

 

This is a fridge-freezer.

 

To open the fridge door you have to...

CORRECT ANSWER
pull it
EDDIE SAYS
As you'll know, the door stays closed until you do somethinjg. The fridge door will open when you pull on the handle. That's a pulling force towards you.
  • Question 3

So, now, to close the fridge door you have to...

CORRECT ANSWER
push it
EDDIE SAYS
You won't want to leave the door open longer than you have to - need to keep the inside nice and cold! So, the fridge door closes again when you push it shut! That's you pushing the door away from you - providing a pushing force.
  • Question 4

Hammer drawing nail out of wood

 

Is this hammer pushing or pulling this nail in order to get it out of the piece of wood?

CORRECT ANSWER
pulling it
EDDIE SAYS
When the claw of the hammer is placed under the nail to remove it, the hammer has to be pulled forward as you need a pulling force on the nail to PULL it out of the wood. Yes?
  • Question 5

Football

 

To roll this  football to your friend, you have to...

CORRECT ANSWER
push it
EDDIE SAYS
The ball will roll to your friend when you push it away from you. Well, only if you direct your pushing force towards him or her! Whatever, the force is away from you - so it's a 'push'.
  • Question 6

Now, to stop the ball rolling, your friend has to...

CORRECT ANSWER
push it
EDDIE SAYS
You might have had to think about this for a moment - the ball stops rolling when someone or something pushes against it. So, that means you have to push it to make it go forward and your friend has to provide a similar force, away from their body ('push') in order to stop it rolling.
  • Question 7

Dof playing with cracker

 

This is a fun Christmas game!

 

What force do you think the dog is 'exerting' (=making happen) on the cracker?

CORRECT ANSWER
it's pulling the cracker
EDDIE SAYS
Actually, if you think about it, crackers have to be pulled, dog or no dog! So, to make a cracker go "BANG", the dog must be exerting a pulling force on it. Wonder if the dog knows it's going to make a noise.....?!
  • Question 8

Man and shopping trolley

 

This man has a heavy shopping trolley, full of food and other stuff.

 

To make it move, what sort of force do you think he's using?

CORRECT ANSWER
he's pushing it
EDDIE SAYS
The question you need to ask is: "which way is the trolley going?" If you look at the picture, the trolley is moving forward, away from the man. So that's got to be a .... pushing force, hasn't it? He might pull it towards him, but then the trolley would be moving .... towards him!
  • Question 9

Table lamp

 

This is a table lamp with a chain to turn it on and off.

 

If the lamp is lit now, what do you have to do to turn it off?

CORRECT ANSWER
pull the chain
EDDIE SAYS
Weirdly it's the same, whether you want to turn it on or off. If you think about it, how do you 'push' a chain to make something happen - you always have to pull! You pull the little chain and it operates the switch that makes the bulb go on or off.
  • Question 10

tug moving tanker

 

In this picture the barge loaded with containers is being moved by a smaller boat called a tug.

 

Look at it carefully and decide what sort of force the tug is using to move the heavy barge.

CORRECT ANSWER
it's pulling the barge
EDDIE SAYS
If you TUG your friend to make him/her come with you, what do you do? You pull them! Mind you, a tugboat is a strong little boat that's designed to move larger boats and they can push too, if they have to. But in this picture there's a rope between the tug and the barge, so clearly the tug is pulling the barge towards it. That's a pulling force.
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