The effects of force and mass on motion

The effects of force and mass on motion
Publication Date: July, 2012
Type of Resource: Practical activity/investigation

This is a student practical activity that focuses on Newton’s second law. Students time how long it takes a dynamics trolley to travel a set distance along a runway under a given force. The force is then doubled and the time re-measured. Mass is then doubled and the time re-measured. 

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Australian Curriculum:
  • Year 10 > Science Inquiry Skills > Communicating > Communicate scientific ideas and information for a particular purpose,... > ACSIS208
  • Year 10 > Science Inquiry Skills > Processing and analysing data and information > Analyse patterns and trends in data, including describing relationships between... > ACSIS203
  • Year 10 > Science Inquiry Skills > Processing and analysing data and information > Use knowledge of scientific concepts to draw conclusions that are consistent... > ACSIS204
  • Year 10 > Science Inquiry Skills > Questioning and Predicting > Formulate questions or hypotheses that can be investigated scientifically > ACSIS198
  • Year 10 > Science Understanding > Physical Sciences > The motion of objects can be described and predicted using the laws of physics > ACSSU229
  • Year Senior Secondary > Science Understanding > Physical Sciences