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Bowling for Forces: Testing Newtons Second Law

Bowling for Forces:  Testing Newtons Second Law
Bowling for Forces:  Testing Newtons Second Law
Bowling for Forces:  Testing Newtons Second Law
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This activity helps demonstrate Newton's Second Law of Motion, Force equals mass X acceleration. After making some predictions, students will go outside and roll balls of different masses (slowly and quickly) and calculate the net force used to do so.

Materials needed: various athletic balls (basketball, softball, golf ball, etc.), stop watch

Main topics: force, mass, acceleration, Newton's Second Law of Motion

Quick, easy, and effective in demonstrating force = mass x acceleration. Great for middle school or introductory high school courses.

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Ian Williamson
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