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Sir Isaac Newton

02 Jul 2014

Our Subjects / Ā Mātou Kaupapa:
Biography, History, Science

Where can I find information on Isaac Newton? How can I explain Newton's third law?

LEVEL: Intermediate / Secondary

Sir Isaac Newton was an English physicist and mathematician who is widely recognised as one of the most influential scientists of all time and was a key figure in the scientific revolution.

A good place to start to find information on an individual is a biographical website. We recommend At the top of the home page on the left hand side is a picture of a magnifying glass. If you click on this a search box will appear. We typed the keywords Isaac Newton into this box which brought up several results. From these results we chose Isaac Newton Biography - facts, birthday, life story where we found some great information.

One of our favourite sites for lots of topics is How Stuff Works. Again, we typed in the keywords Isaac Newton into the search box which brought up these results. We clicked on how Isaac Newton worked and found heaps of information.

Another place we would go to look for information on the topic is EPIC. These databases give schools free access to a worldwide range of electronic resources. We recommend Britannica School and Biography in Context.

HOT TIP: To get to the EPIC databases you will need a password from your school librarian first. Or, you can log on to between 1 and 6pm Monday to Friday, and one of the librarians can help you online.

Some EPIC databases may also be available through your public library.

Next we did a search using the search engine DeeperWeb. We added an exta keyword to our search this time to find out more about Newton's Laws (we read about these in our previous searches). The keywords we used were "Isaac Newton Laws". From these results we liked the link Newton's Laws of Motion from the popular NASA website. This page includes links to activities related to Newton's Laws. As you can see, by changing or adding keywords to your DeeperWeb search you can find different information on your topic. For example, we used the keywords "demonstrate Newton's third law" and found this great site on how to explain this law.

HOT TIP: We like DeeperWeb because the ‘tag cloud’ on the right suggests search words that will help ‘build’ a search. We can also use it to narrow our results to educational resources or to sites with .org or .govt in the website address.

Use a search engine? Thats your answer? Sheesh
don, hard knocks

Hi Don - because websites change so much, it is difficult to recommend specific sites.
Instead, we try and give hints on becoming better internet searchers.
Annie, AnyQuestions

Or you could just copy and paste the experiment, but hey advertisements work I guess

do a balloon rocket lab its fun i did iit at my school
alex, southern middle

A search engine that is what u say we go to ? That IS NOT HELPFUL AT ALL THXS 4nothing
Rj, Riely street

Hi Rj - try the websites we recommend after the search engine - How Stuff Works is a great site. But we do often include using search engines on ManyAnswers, cause the website is about helping students to find answers on the internet.
Lisa, AnyQuestions

Awesome girl!
Laura, Bayley road school

What is dogpile?
Dana, Arabic school

Hi Dana, thanks for your question! If you follow the link to Dogpile you will see a page a bit like Google where you can use the search bar to search the internet. We sometimes prefer to start with Dogpile because it takes results from multiple search engines (Google, Yahoo and Yandex) and puts them all together for us.
You could try searching for "newton 3rd law" in Dogpile and compare the results to a Google search to see what I mean :) All the best with your research!
Sargia, AnyQuestions

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