Story on Motion

Sarah hated science.  Her teacher had explained, in front of the class, the physics of tripping.

"There is hardly any friction between the shoes and the floor, inertia keeps you moving forward, and gravity does the rest," Mr. Dedo had explained.  Everyone's faces turned red; Sarah's out of embarassment, everyone else because they were trying not to laugh at the demonstration.

"Why did he have to do that?" Sarah asked herself.  Not many people called her Sarah.  She was so well known for tripping in school that her classmates gave her the name "Klutz."  She occassionally called herself by the name because she enjoyed crafts so much, and there was a craft company of the same name

Locking herself in her closet, Klutz sat down to think.  How could she live down that embarassment?  Then, an idea hit her with all its terminal velocity.  She grabbed her notebook and started writing so fast there seemed to be no friction between the pen and paper.

The next day, Klutz talked to Mr Dedo, showing her idea for that day's lesson: more on motion.  "Great idea!  You can do your presentation.  You sure you won't get hurt?" he asked anxiously.

"Positive," Klutz smiled.

After the class had sat down and taken their daily quiz (Tony tried to get answers off everyone else), Mr. Dedo got the class' attention.

"I have an announment to make, everyone."

Maggy answered first.  "You're bringing in your grandfather?"

"We get to play hockey in the halls?" Tony called out in excitement.

"Field trip outside?" Nikki called out quietly.

"Nikki's got it.  Sarah's going to give you a demonstration on some of the properties of motion.  Everyone outside!"

Once outside, everyone was surprised.  Tony yelled, "Wait!  It's weights!"  And, for once, he was right.

Klutz had a ladder, small wall, a carton of eggs, a bowling ball, a chair, and a skateboard.

"First, we'll talk about Newton's Second Law of Motion.  That is, the velocity of an object depends on the object's mass and the force put on the object."  Klutz picked up an egg, and tossed it gently at the brick wall, hardly breaking it.  Then she hurled another egg at the wall.  "Everone's got that?" she asked.  Everyone was furiously scribbling notes, even Carmen.

Then she began explaining Newton's Third Law of Motion: every action has an equal and opposite reaction, illustrating it by pushing herself along on the skateboard.  Everyone seemed impressed, writing while watching.

Then came the challenge of explaining balanced and unbalanced forces.  "Standing still, not moving, is a balanced force.  Or, pushing against the wall," she explained, demonstrating.  "An unbalanced force is something moving, like this bowling ball."  She pushed the bowling ball down the pavement.

"Now, I don't have a vacuum, but if I were to drop both an egg and this bowling ball in the vacuum, they would hit the ground at the same time."  Everyone seemed shocked, but impressed.

"Gravity depends on two things; the mass and the distance.  More mass, more gravity.  Mor distance, less gravity.  That's why you shouldn't try to go on a diet and go to Death Valley.  You'd feel better about yourself going on a diet and go to Mount Everest."

Some laughed as the bell rang.  As everyone filed back in, people were complimenting Klutz's lesson.  Even Lacy said so; no popular people talked to Klutz.  She smiled.  Maybe she would like science after all.

Written at about age 13 for a science assignment (write a story involving certain motion vocabulary).  I just realized this was both my first foray into science writing and a re-realization that I just might be able to write.

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