Calendar   |   School Forms   |    Facebook

A Tradition of Excellence

A 2015 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence

Newton Scooter Project Photostory

Photos Posted at:


Physical Science Ch. 12 Lab Report: Newton Scooters

(If confused see grading sheet is attached at the bottom of this page)

Experiment due: Announced in Class

Photo Story Due: Announced in Class (-10pts each day late)

  •   Teacher Approval
  •   Use Newton ’s Third Law of Motion to move forward, by pushing backward on floor, air or other object
  •   Be build it from scrap materials
  • Move 1.5m on floor and completely across finish line, stay within 1m width of track
  • Cannot push your vehicle to start it in motion, you cannot interfere with the movement of your vehicle once it starts
  • No electricity or pull of gravity, ie no use of direct ramp
  • May use a track such as a string to guide the vehicle or toy car, this reduces friction and helps your vehicle stay on bounds
  • Does not have to move along the ground, it is glides though the air you can use string to guide vehicle simply stretch string and attach to two chairs
  •   Organized data table                                     
  • All work shown when you solve your formulas
  • Final copy should include all rough drafts and scrap paper all this information will be submitted in a clear report folder
  • Labeled Vector Diagram on graph paper

Plan of the experiment
Formal Heading
Purpose Hypothesis
Materials and Methods ( brief list)

Data Section:

Vector Drawing Must Include: A neat and detailed drawing of object and forces acting on it:

  • The Object
  • The Distance Traveled: start and finish line labeled
  • The Forces:
  • Gravity (9.8 m/s2) 
  •   Mass of object written inside the object (g and convert into kg)
  • Force which begins Newton ’s first and third law- label (N)
  • Acceleration if any (m/s2)
  • Velocity (m/s West), and f. Fiction, sliding, rolling, fluid opposes your motion ( m/s2)
  • Force in N
Results and Calculations

Mass =                                    

Distance =

Speed =

Velocity Initial =                    

Velocity Final =

Acceleration =

Force of the Object =



Force of Friction = Minimal and no need to calculate this

Conclusions: (Use your Transition Words)

1 A ) Solve for momentum! Did you use the law of conservation of momentum to make your scooter move? 1B) Explanation of the Newton ’s Laws demonstrated in you experiment

2) How did mass affect the force that your cart had. What could you do to your cart to make it move with more force, or make it move with a greater acceleration?

3) Why did your experiment work? Why not? Any improvements..?

4) Explain what you learned. Even if it is how to build your cart, ie screw, nail, hammer.. etc.