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Video: Newton’s Second Law: Acceleration Investigation in Motion and Graphing

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0:55 (Preview) • 20:03 (Main Video)

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This video investigates acceleration due to gravity by analyzing the motion of a ball rolling down a ramp much as Galileo did it. A pictorial, less mathematical method of graphing is introduced which acts as a bridge to more traditional graphing methods. Students will begin to develop an understanding of how to read motion graphs. Both speed and distance graphs are analyzed.

By starting with the scientific phenomena, you'll be intrigued and excited to dig deeper into the why’s and how’s of each scientific concept. Engaging Science Labs are useful for classroom or homeschool environments.

Concepts Addressed
• Ramps provide a way to study acceleration due to gravity.
• An outside, unbalanced force produces acceleration.
• An object that is constantly accelerating produces specific types of graphs.

Materials Needed
U-channel aluminum molding, steel ball, masking or painter’s tape, metronome timer app

Answer Key
Extensive teacher notes address the many questions that come up. You shouldn’t have to do outside research on this topic unless you want to.

Time Required
This lab will take about 45 minutes but can take longer.

Student Sheets
• Scaffolded writing prompts & lab reporting

Other resources
Click here to see written instructions for this activity:
Newton’s Second Law: Acceleration | Investigation in Motion and Graphing

Click here to see companion curricular pieces:
Activities on Motion (Newton's Laws)


Virginia VA SOL
PS.10 a, b, c

Texas TEKS Grade 6
Grade 8: 6A, 6B, 6C

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