Accelerate: mass

Learning Material  |  Interactive Lesson

Pilot a spaceship between planets. Use Newton's second law of motion to work out the force needed in a series of challenges. Drive at a constant acceleration in frictionless conditions. Adjust the engines' force to suit the spaceship's mass, including cargo. Examine velocity-time line graphs showing acceleration as the gradient. This learning object is one in a series of three objects. The series is also packaged as a combined learning object.

Students distinguish between the concepts of velocity and acceleration.
Students explore relationships between acceleration, force and mass.
Students identify that the greater the mass of an object, then the greater the force needed to accelerate that object.
Students predict the force needed to produce a given acceleration.
Students analyze number patterns in a data table to verify Newton's second law of motion.

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K to 12
Grade 7, Grade 8
Force Motion and Energy
Learners, Students

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