Newton's Second Law

Written by Jerry Ratzlaff. Posted in Properties

force 2Also known as the "Law of Resultant Force". Force causes an object or mass to accelerate. The greater the mass to be accelerated, the greater the force required to move the mass. The unit of force is pound, \(lb_f\) or Newtons.


\( F = m   a \;\) if the object is free fall with on other force other than gravity.


\(F\) = force

\(m\) = mass

\(a\) = acceleration

Solve for:

\( m = \frac {F}{a}\)

\( a = \frac {F}{m}\)