Newton's Second Law

Terms and Objectives

**Note: **The following terms and objectives are based on the Indiana Standards 2000 for Physics 1. You may download the complete physics standards by clicking here, or view the standards relevant to Chapter 5 - Newton's Second Law here.

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When you have completed chapter 5, you should be able to:

- ... distinguish between "directly proportional", "inversely proportional" and "equal to."
- ... recognize Newton's Second Law and discuss the relationship between net force on an object and its acceleration, and between the mass of an object and its acceleration.
- ... distinguish among mass, volume, and weight.
- ... discuss the role of friction forces in everyday motions.
- ... discuss and apply the relationship between mass and weight.
- ... find the weight of an object given its mass (and "g").
- ... find the mass of an object given its weight (and "g").

- ... solve numerical problems involving force, mass, and acceleration of objects.
- ... define pressure and distinguish pressure from force.
- ... recognize and apply the concept of pressure in various situations.
- ... explain why any two objects fall with the same acceleration in the absence of air resistance (free fall).
- ... define terminal velocity and discuss how objects reach a terminal velocity when falling in a fluid.

Do you believe that any of the following statements are true? They
**AREN'T!** When you finish Chapter 5, you should
understand that each of these statements is **FALSE**,
and *WHY*.

**WRONG**: Weight and mass are the same.**WRONG**: Mass and volume are the same.**WRONG**: Pressure and force are the same.**WRONG**: Heavy objects always fall faster than light objects.**WRONG**: Objects have no weight in a vacuum.

last update September 12, 2008 by JL Stanbrough