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Force Equals Mass Times Acceleration: Newton’s Second Law

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A pilot wears a g-suit in the cockpit of a jet



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Grades 9-12


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This NASA video segment explores how Newton’s second law of motion applies to aerospace. Viewers watch an instructor at NASA’s National Test Pilot School as he defines the second law and demonstrates how to calculate a person’s mass using the law. There is also a discussion about how people experience different g forces at the top and bottom of a roller coaster hill. Footage of the instructor in a fighter jet illustrates what it means to pull 2 and 4 g.
Force Equals Mass Times Acceleration: Newton’s Second Law
Duration: 3 minutes 59 seconds

More videos and video clips in this series:
Introduction to Newton’s Three Laws: Lesson 1
The Law of Inertia: Newton’s First Law (video clip)
The Law of Action and Reaction: Newton’s Third Law (video clip)
Weight and Balance, Lesson 2
Lift and Rate of Change of Momentum, Lesson 3
Drag, Lesson 4
Thrust, Lesson 5
Take Off, Lesson 6
Climb and Descent, Lesson 7
Cruise, Lesson 8
The Landing, Lesson 9
The Landing: Approach (video clip)
The Landing: Flare (video clip)
The Landing: Rollout (video clip)
The Landing: Summary (video clip)
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