5-PS2-1: Earth's Gravitational Force

Support an argument that the gravitational force exerted by earth on objects is directed down. (Cause and Effect)

Clarification Statement: â€œDown” is a local description of the direction that points toward the center of the spherical Earth.

Assessment Boundary: Assessment does not include mathematical representation of gravitational force.

Disciplinary Core Ideas
PS2.B: Types of Interactions

Crosscutting Concepts
Cause and Effect


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Gravitational force
Cause and Effect


Learning Plans


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