Fun online activity! Support a deeper understanding of Newton's Second Law of Motion and the F = MA equation by having students explore the relationship between mass, energy, and acceleration. This document does not expressly use the term "Newton's 2nd Law" but rather has students explore the questions "How does SPEED affect kinetic energy?" and "How does MASS affect kinetic energy?". Students gain a true understanding of F = MA with this activity.
Students use a free and easy to access online program (printed on the document for kids to enter). They "play" with object size and velocity of objects in a catapult and then measure and record the resulting energy. It includes the manipulation of variables, the collection of data, and data analysis. It's fun, highly engaging, and directly supports understanding of MS-PS2-2. This can be used as an in-class activity or a take-home assignment. A nice extension of this activity (not on the document) is to have students graph the data they collect during the activity.
For this activity, student internet access required. Adobe Flash Player is also required - a free program that is already on most computers.
]PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS THE SAME F=MA ACTIVITY AS OFFERED IN THE ENERGY SECTION OF OUR STORE.
INCLUDES ANSWER KEY
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