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Newton's Second Law

Published on 07/16/2011

Activity Overview

In this lesson, students will use a simulation to explore the acceleration of a frictionless cart being pulled by a steady force.

Objectives

  • Students will explore a simulation of Newton's 2nd Law.
  • Student will collect mass, force, and acceleration data in a simulation.
  • Students will analyze data to develop and apply Newton's 2nd Law.

Vocabulary

  • acceleration
  • force
  • frictionless
  • mass
  • Newton's Laws

About the Lesson

This lesson simulates the acceleration of a frictionless cart being pulled by a steady force.
As a result, students will:

  • Manipulate values for force and masses in different situations.
  • Measure acceleration and capture data.
  • Plot and analyze data to develop Newton's 2nd Law.
  • · Apply Newton’s 2nd Law to solve problems.