Featured in PASCO’s Physics through Inquiry Teacher Guide

Physics through Inquiry Teacher Guide

(PS-2873C)

Features over 30 inquiry based labs covering the core topic areas of mechanics, electricity and magnetism, optics, thermodynamics and more.

Newton's Second Law

Lab Summary

Use a force sensor and motion sensor to develop an understanding of the relationship between the net force applied to an object, the acceleration of the object, and the object's mass.

Theory

This lab helps students develop an understanding of the relationship between the net force applied to an object, the acceleration of the object, and the object's mass.

Method

Students will gain experience conducting the following procedures:

  • Measuring the applied force and resultant motion of an oscillating mass and spring system using a force and motion sensor.
  • Completing free body diagrams representing the forces imparted to mass in the system.
  • Interpreting graphs of force and motion to outline the relationships that exist between mass, acceleration, and net force in the system.

Sensors / Equipment Used:

PASPORT Motion Sensor

(PS-2103A)

The PASPORT Motion Sensor accurately measures position, velocity, and acceleration of a target. Can be used to track the motion of carts, balls, people and more.

PASPORT Force Sensor

(PS-2104)

Designed to measure both pulling and pushing forces. Uses range from collisions to tug-of-war.

Materials Used:

Balance

Mass

Right-angle clamp

Rod stand

Short rod

Spring

Your Bundle Options:

Option 1:

Physics Starter Sensor Bundle

(PS-2923)

A sensor bundle specifically designed to get you started using probeware in your physics lab. Also: perform 26 of the 37 Lab Activities from Physics through Inquiry.

Option 2:

Physics Standard Sensor Bundle

(PS-2931B)

Contains the probeware needed to perform all 37 lab activities in the Physics through Inquiry lab manual.

Interface Required

This experiment may require software and an interface for data collection.