Recommended for Middle School through High School.
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.
Make conclusions about the relationship between mass and acceleration.
Sensors and Equipment
This experiment features the following Vernier sensors and equipment.