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Unformatted text preview: Paul Sanders Phys 141 Sect. 16 Newtons Second Law of Motion Lab Goals: The goals of this experiment are to learn about Newtons second law of motion and to discover some of the properties of acceleration on an object. Theory: The main theory involved in this lab is Newtons second law, which states that the force that acts upon an object is equal to that objects mass multiplied by its acceleration. To prove or disprove this theory, we are going to see if acceleration is proportional to force and mass. If we discover that they are, then Newtons theory has been proved correct, but if we discover that they are not, then either we did something wrong in the experiment, or Newton and thousands of physicists that followed did something wrong. Procedure: The procedure in this lab was split into two main parts. The first part involves changing the mass on the hook, while keeping the overall mass equal. To find the acceleration of this system we took several different distances for each hanger mass in order to get a good reading of...
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