Lab 03 - Newton’s Laws of Motion
Time Spent on Lab
= approximately two hours, does not need to be done at one sitting
Larger salad bowl, bucket, or similar
Plastic wrap/Cling Wrap
A short/squat cup with roughly one liter capacity
A measuring cup
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
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.
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
Seems simple enough, but let’s see if we can “break” Newton’s First Law.