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B Linearization of Forces Data?

  1. Sep 26, 2016 #1
    So I've been given this practice problem for a test tomorrow and have no clue how to do it.
    Info: Students Perform a lab and record data on how changes in mass affect acceleration

    "Derive an equation that you graph to make a linear relationship from the recorded data."

    Given is a data table that graphs out to be a graph similar to 1/x.

    I have no clue how to start this. I assume you use F=MA but am not sure.
    I am not looking for an answer but more of an understanding of the work used to solve the problem.
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  3. Sep 26, 2016 #2

    Simon Bridge

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    Welcome to PF;
    Just think about plotting the data - from your understanding of physics so far, what would the graph look like if you just plotted a vs m.
    ie. how does acceleration depend on mass according to the best model you have to hand? (Yes: Newton's second law F=ma)
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