Newton's Second Law of Motion: Speed and Acceleration

Travel through time and space to help Newton remember his second law. Use this physically realistic simulation to experiment with forces and masses, and observe their effects on acceleration and velocity.

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About This Simulation

Newton's second law of motion describes the true power of forces. In this simulation, you will learn about Newton's Second Law: the relationship between the forces that act on a body, that body's mass, and its acceleration. 

Apply forces and observe the resulting motion

In this sim, you will help Newton regain his memory of his second law of motion by applying forces on a body with adjustable mass to control its acceleration and produce different kinds of motion. Includes experimentation tasks and directed challenges that require the student to take the effects of added forces into account or produce a specific motion. 

Relate force, mass, and acceleration

This simulation builds the student's understanding of the relationship between forces mass and acceleration with progressively incrementing complexity. By the end, the student is capable of fully understanding the impact of a force on a body's motion, and they can use and rearrange equations to relate force, mass, and acceleration.

To this end, we present the student with a variety of interactive physical scenarios (including scenarios with and without friction and with and without additional forces to balance) and plenty of opportunities to play with the physical parameters (including constant and instantaneous forces, a wide range of force magnitudes, exchangeable masses and friction surfaces.) well integrated into a motivating narrative. 

Rediscover Newton’s second law of motion

In the end, you will have rediscovered Newton's second law of motion alongside him in all of its nuance. Will you be able to unlock the power of forces?

Explore Newton's Second Law of Motion: Speed and Acceleration Virtual Lab Simulation

Newton is in his study with Dr. One.
The Labster vehicle is outside of Newton's house. There are weights of different sizes on the ground, and one small weight has been placed by the user on the vehicle. Different magnitudes are shown: Time, velocity, acceleration, and mass. They will reflect the parameters of the motion once the user presses the 'READY' button.
The scene is set in space, near a black hole. The black hole is pulling on the Labster vehicle. There is an open menu in which the user selects the force they wish to apply on the vehicle in order to escape from the black hole. The equation of Newton's second law of motion is displayed in front of the vehicle. Different magnitudes are displayed: Time, velocity, and acceleration. They will show the parameters of the motion once the user presses the 'READY' button.
The Labster vehicle is outside of Newton's house. There are open menus in which the user can select the forces they wish to apply, one for forces to the right and the other for forces to the left. Different magnitudes are displayed: time, velocity, and acceleration. They will show the parameters of the vehicle's motion once the user presses the 'READY' button. Three different slabs of different materials and a platform can be seen at the bottom of the screen. The slabs can be placed on the platform to change the pavement the vehicle moves on.

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