In this one-day lesson, students will investigate Newton's First Law of Motion as they observe the spinning behaviors of uncooked and hardboiled eggs to consider what a scientific law is and how scientific laws are condition specific.
This lesson will begin with a presentation to discuss the major differences between hypotheses, theories and laws in science and society and identify several examples of laws and theories. The students will then go outside and make/write down/photograph examples of nature supporting these laws/theories.
The students will first watch a brief video about "The War on Science." They will then view a PowerPoint titled "Scientific vs. Societal Laws" and engage in a class discussion about the differences between these two types of laws. In small groups, students will then read short passages and determine if they are scientific laws or societal laws.