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Newtons Second Law

Ages 12-18+
Published by amarch11  •  Posted 1347 days ago
In this mission, students attempt to discover Newtons Second Law experimentally.
Physics - Newton's Second Law
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Mission Details and Requirements
Created by: Anthony March
Mission version: 1.0
Supported KerbalEdu Versions: 1.0.4e711
Mission Type: Demonstration
Tags: acceleration, Force, Newton's Second Law


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In this mission, students will attempt to discover Newtons Second Law.  They start with a lander on Gilly and should record the thrust and acceleration at various points.  I wanted them to calculate acceleration using motion equations but they can also use the graph from KerbalEdu to find the acceleration.  They need to open up the engine detail menu to see the thrust and then remember that the lander has 4 engines.  Also make sure they know that the mass is in metric tons.  They should then analyze this data and use a regression to find an equation for the relationship.  They then should see if they can come up with a general formula for the relationship between force and acceleration.  


If anyone trying to use this has any suggestions let me know and I will do my best to incorparate them into a new version.  It is a little rough right now and my worksheet is kind of ugly.  


Analyze data to support the claim that Newton’s second law of motion describes the mathematical relationship amongthe net force on a macroscopic object, its mass, and its acceleration.
Plan an investigation to provide evidence that the change in an object’s motion depends on the sum of the forces on the object and the mass of the object.