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 Biography.com. 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 AnyQuestions.co.nz 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.