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Inertia and Newton's Second Law

When you shake an object back and forth, you feel a “resistance” to the acceleration you are causing. We commonly refer to this as the “inertia” of the object. The Smart Cart, alone and then with extra masses on board, is pushed and pulled back and forth along a track. The Smart Cart’s force sensor measures the force on the cart, and its position sensor is used to find the resulting acceleration.

Analysis of a Force vs. Acceleration graph allows the student to quantify the concept of inertia.

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Inertia and Newton's Second Law