Year 12 Mechanics Newton's Second Law Experiments:


Purpose:

  • The purpose of this experiment is to clearly demonstrate Newton's second law - "F=ma"
    • How does force pulling the trolley affect acceleration?
    • How does the mass of the trolley affect acceleration?


Equipment:

  • Low friction trolley / air track
  • Ticker timer and tape / pair of photo gates / motion sensor / multiple students and stop watches (measuring time to cover different fixed distances)
  • Low friction pulley
  • Non-stretch (if possible) string
  • Slotted masses

Method:

  • Follow the instructions in the following word document written by Francis Bryden

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