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Answers the question “What effect does MASS have on the FORCE needed to move an object?” Have fun with Newton’s Second Law with this 2-part hands-on investigation!
- physics carts (or similar with wheels that can be pulled)
- fishing weights (or any other weights)
- 1N spring scales
- balance or digital scale
- plastic or paper cups
- Students vary the weight of a cart or toy car and measure the force needed to move it by using a spring scale, then graph the data on the graph provided.
- Students use a simple ramp contraption (made from a ruler) to measure how far a rolling marble can push a cup with different numbers of pennies in it, then generate a graph from their data.
- Students write a paragraph to discuss the relationship between the MASS of an object and the FORCE it takes to move the object.
- Includes suggested answer key.
- Please note: this Newton’s second law activity is not editable.
- Related NGSS Standards:MS-PS2-2, MS-PS2-1, MS-PS3-1
- NGSS Science & Engineering Practices: Planning and carrying out investigations; Analyzing and interpreting data; Using mathematics and computational thinking
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