The Many Phases of Newton
Question to Consider:
Which event in the life of Sir Isaac Newton changed the history
of physics the most?

Points of Discussion: In 1665, Newton was forced into seclusion
because of the plague (Hutchinson). Because of this, he spent
very little time at Cambridge University where he was in the
process of finishing his bachelor degree and beginning a fellow
position, but instead took this time to lay a foundation to his
studies on gravity, motion, math, and optics (Hutchinson).

  • What if there would have been no plague?
  • Would Newton have taken this same year and have been
    so prolific later on?
  • What other choices could Newton have made to do with his
  • How may these choices have affected his life and the
    development of physics?  
  • There are several other choices that Newton made during
    his life that also had a profound effect on physics.

  • Which of these changed the history of physics the most?

As we work through this project you are going to fill in the
following graphic organizers to help you answer the main
question (Which event in the life of Newton changed the history
of physics the most).  

Each of you will choose
one event and make a case for why
this event had the most impact on physics.  You will create a 10
to 15-minute presentation illustrating your case as to why your
event had the most effect. In the end, all of you will incorporate
that data into the final table and rank the events from most to
least important.

Click here to get the
graphic organizer to fill in.  

Now we are ready to begin forming your research question.
Click here to learn how to begin forming a
search strategy for
your research question.

After completing your search strategy, you are ready to begin


Here are some important links and the table to fill in with your results.

Go to the InfOhio website by clicking on the hyperlink.

Select which database is best for your report.

You should look at each of these subscription databases in this order.
Note you may have to put in your InfOhio login and password again to get
access to these.

1. Britannica Online School Edition

2. Access Science

3. EBSCOhost

4. American National Biography

5. Science Research

Gateways: Gateways are directories that allow students to get to selective
and high quality content on the web. Some gateways lead to the
"invisible web" which cannot be searched by major search engines.  

Try some of these gateways with your keywords you are using in your
Awesome Library: K-12 Education Directory
Education World
Gateway to Education Materials (GEM)

Image Searching: At some point you will be seeking images for your presentation. Here are some helpful sites for image searches. Remember
that you must site the source of the image not the search engine.
Pics for Learning
Smithsonian Photo Archive
NASA Digital Images

Meta-Search Tools Why settle for Googling when you can Google-it, Yahoo-it, Ask-it, and Live Search-it all at one time? Meta-search tools allow you to search
many search engines at one time. Here are a few meta-search tools for you to try.

PowerPoint on Evaluating Websites

Citing your Sites
Helpful resources for MLA style

Kent State University Pathfinders list many resources for topics
Modern Language Association (MLA) provides a comprehensive
guide to all citation questions.
Capital Community College's Guide provides several pages
through links in easy to understand language on how to cite
Noodle Bib Tools Express is helpful way to answer questions and
form citations. Be sure to use the FREE Express version.

Format for Works Cited Page:
This should appear as a final slide in your presentation and should scroll
like ending credits (use this animation scheme on PowerPoint) Put
sources in alphabetical order and use a hanging indent.

Preparing your Presentation

Glean enough information and images about your area of Newton’s life
in order to complete 10  - 15 slides (not including the title slide nor the
bibliography).  The presentation should take a minimum of 5 minutes
and a maximum of 15 minutes.  Click here for the
rubric for this unit.

Click here to download the
MASTER DOCUMENT which contains all the
parts and pieces of this unit.