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Force and Accelerations Lab

# Force and Accelerations Lab - RYERSON UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENT...

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RYERSON UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICS LAB REPORT FOR PCS 211 SECTION 11 TITLE OF EXPERIMENT: STATIC EQUILIBRIUM: FORCE AND TORQUES EXPERIMENTERS: ABDI ABDIRAHMAN -500220713 PETER CANTISANO - 500198326 GROUP G AUTHORS OF THIS REPORT: ABDI ABDIRAHMAN -500220713 PETER CANTISANO – 500198326 EXPERIMENT PERFORMED ON: March 11 th , 2008 REPORT SUBMITTED ON: March 18 th , 2008 TA’S NAME: MATTHEW RODRIGUES Objective

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The purpose of this experiment is to show the relationship between force and acceleration in a friction free environment and to illustrate the concept of mass Background Introduction Newton’s second law states that any net external force applied to a mass causes the mass to accelerate according to the equation F = m a . Because of frictional forces, experience does not always seem to support this. For example, when you are driving a car you must apply a constant force to keep the car moving with a constant velocity. In the absence of friction, the car would continue to move with a constant velocity after the force was removed. The continued application of force causes the car to accelerate.
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