Torpedoes, Missiles, and Cannons

Physics Goes to War

From the Series STEM on the Battlefield

  • Interest Level: Grade 4 - Grade 6
  • Reading Level: Grade 5

In 1878 tiny Russian speedboats raced toward a huge enemy warship in the Black Sea. The speedboats carried new weapons called torpedoes. The Russian torpedoes struck the Turkish warship, and it sank. It was the first time small boats had destroyed a warship.

Physics, or the science of forces, has always been an important part of war. In the late nineteenth century, inventors developed machine guns that could fire thousands of bullets a minute. During World War II, physicists took part in a top-secret project to create the most powerful weapon in the world: the atom bomb. From crossbows and cannons to rocket launchers and laser-guided missiles, discover how physicists have changed weapons and warfare!

Format Your Price Add
Interest Level Grade 4 - Grade 6
Reading Level Grade 5
Genre Science
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Traditional Nonfiction, STEM, STEM: Engineering
Copyright 2018
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Lerner Publications ™
Language English
Number of Pages 48
Publication Date 2017-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 5.7
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
BISACS JNF025130, JNF051140
Dewey 623.4
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 7 x 9
Lexile 880
ATOS Reading Level 6.2
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 192169
Accelerated Reader® Points 1.0
Features Charts/Graphs/Diagrams, Glossary, Index, Sidebars, and Timeline

Author: Tim Ripley