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Lab 03 - Newton’s Laws of Motion NAME:___Cassidy Somma ____ Time Spent on Lab = approximately two hours, does not need to be done at one sitting Materials: Larger salad bowl, bucket, or similar Plastic wrap/Cling Wrap A short/squat cup with roughly one liter capacity A measuring cup Learning Objectives: Define Newton’s Laws of Motion and give examples of their application Use Newton’s second law of motion to predict a resultant force vector Apply the sum of all forces on an object to predict the object’s acceleration Description: This week we will be exploring Newton’s three laws of motion. They will seem deceptively easy at first, so pay close attention to the details of what the questions are asking, in order to avoid over-simplifying a problem. The reason we study laws of motion that are over 300 years old, is that they work … most of the time! These laws are more than enough to send objects to the moon, and beyond! Of more pertinence to most students, these laws help medical practitioners apply holistic, non-invasive treatments for those who suffer from back pain, for instance. They are useful for the treatment of vehicle collision patients. They are used as the foundation for most every modern technology we use today. Essentially, they are rather important! Activity #1 - Newton’s First Law: An object at rest, stays at rest, unless acted upon by an unbalanced force. If you have not heard this expression, well, you have now! It is a part of Newton’s First Law of Motion that we will investigate in this activity. Simply put, if you do not push or pull an object, then it will not accelerate. Seems simple enough, but let’s see if we can “break” Newton’s First Law.

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