Newtons2ndLaw

# Newtons2ndLaw - NEWTONS 2nd LAW OBJECTIVE In this...

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1 OBJECTIVE In this experiment you will confirm the validity of Newton’s 2 nd Law by analyzing the motion of two objects (glider and a hanging mass) on a horizontal air track. First, you will calculate the theoretical acceleration by applying Newton’s 2 nd Law ( F net = M A ), neglecting friction, to the glider and hanging mass. Next, you will calculate the experimental acceleration of the glider by applying the kinematic equations of motion as it moves between two markers (photogates) on the track. We will then compare the experimental acceleration to the theoretical acceleration: 1) Calculate the theoretical acceleration a theo of the system by applying Newton’s 2 nd Law. 2) Calculate the experimental acceleration a exp of the system by two different methods using the kinematic equations of motion. 3) Compare a exp with a theo . APPARATUS 1. Air track, blower with hose, and power cord. 2.

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