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Homework Help: Newton's 3 Laws Lab

  1. Oct 14, 2008 #1
    I am doing a lab report for a lab I did in class. The lab is about sliding a mass (in this case a book) down an inclined plane. I collected the data and calculated the acceleration for the mass if it fall at 90 degrees. I have to do an analysis but I having some trouble answering these questions.

    1. When I found the acceleration for the mass when it slides down at a 90 degree angle to be 16.9 m/s2. The acceleration of gravity of is 9.8 m/s2. So why isn't this the value of 9.8 m/s2? Is it because 16.9 m/s2 is the weight?

    2. How do I find net force on a mass on an inclined plane? I'm pretty sure I have to use Newton's 2nd Law equation: F = ma. But do I use 9.8 m/s2 or 16.9 m/s2 for a?
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  3. Oct 15, 2008 #2
    Clearly the acceleration can't be 16.9m/s^2. Could you please post your measurement data and the equations used to obtain this value? They must contain an error somewhere.
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