Fun hands-on activity for NGSS MS-PS2-2 MS-PS2-1!
Answers the question "What effect does mass have on the force needed to move an object?"
This lab uses readily available supplies, or easy substitutions. Most likely you won't have to buy anything! Physics carts are helpful.
This is a straightforward two-part middle school level lab designed to help students investigate the question "What effect does mass have on the force needed to move an object?" In Part One, students vary the weight of a cart or toy car and measure the force needed to move it by using a spring scale. (The paper calls for fishing weights, but you can use any weighted object.) They record their data table in the data table provided, and graph the data on the graph provided. In Part Two, students use a simple ramp contraption (made from a ruler) to measure how far a rolling marble can push a cup with different numbers of pennies in it. Again, they record their data and generate a graph in the spaces provided. Students ultimately write a paragraph to discuss the relationship between the mass of an object and the force it takes to move the object.
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