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Understanding Newton's Laws with Atwood's Machine

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Submitted by PocketLab on Thu, 06/01/2017 - 18:37


Acceleration of an object is dependent upon two variables – the net force acting on the object and the mass of the object. Using a Full-Atwood’s Machine you will explore the relationship between these variables to understand Newton’s Second Law of Motion.


In this exploration students will:
1. Measure the acceleration of the PocketLab and mass (m2 ) in a Full-Atwood’s Machine.
2. Use the Full-Atwood’s Machine to determine the relationship between the acceleration of an object, the net force acting on the object, and the mass of the object in order to better understand Newton’s Second Law.

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Atwood's Machine Diagram
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