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Newton's Second Law

Figure from experiment 39 from Physical Science with Vernier


Newton’s second law of motion explains the relationship among force, mass, and acceleration. In this activity, you will study the relationship between acceleration and mass, while keeping force constant. A car carrying different masses will be pulled across a table by a hanging weight—the constant force. Acceleration will be measured using a computer-interfaced Motion Detector. You will plot a graph of acceleration versus mass, and then use the graph as you make conclusions about the relationship between mass and acceleration.


In this experiment, you will

  • Use a Motion Detector to determine acceleration.
  • Record data.
  • Graph data.
  • Make conclusions about the relationship between mass and acceleration.

Sensors and Equipment

This experiment features the following Vernier sensors and equipment.

Option 1

Option 2

Option 3

Additional Requirements

You may also need an interface and software for data collection. What do I need for data collection?

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Experiment 39 from Physical Science with Vernier Lab Book

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