Learning objects Accelerate: mass

TLF ID L1190

Pilot a spaceship in deep space. Investigate how the mass of the ship affect its acceleration. Discover how these concepts are related as explained by Newton's second law of motion. Examine velocity-time line graphs showing acceleration as the gradient. This learning object is one in a series of three objects. The series is also packaged as a combined learning object.

Educational details

Key learning objectives
  • Students distinguish between the concepts of speed and acceleration.
  • Students explore relationships between acceleration, force and mass.
  • Students identify that the greater the mass of an object, then the greater the force needed to accelerate that object.
  • Students predict the force needed to produce a given acceleration.
  • Students analyse number patterns in a data table to verify Newton's second law of motion.
Educational value
  • Introduces SI units for velocity, acceleration, force and mass.
  • Introduces velocity versus time line graphs; explains that the slope of the line indicates acceleration.
  • Encourages students to interpret velocity versus time line graphs.
  • Enables students to generate and interpret data that support Newton’s second law of motion.
  • Includes an option to print a table of results.
Year level


Learning area
  • science
  • Science/Physical sciences
  • Science/Science understanding
    • Science/Newton's Laws
    • Science/Motion
    • Science/Force
    • Knowledge;
    • Comprehension;
    • Application;
    • Analysis
    Student activity
    • Interactives;
    • Experiment;
    • Analysis;
    • Modelling;
    • Data manipulation and interpretation
    Learning design
    • Experiential learning;
    • Independent learning;
    • Problem solving;
    • Visual learning

    Other details

    • Script writer
    • Name: Rod Rees
    • Organisation: Rees Films Pty Ltd
    • Address: Blackburn VIC Australia
    • Technical implementer
    • Publisher
    • Date of contribution: 28 Jan 2014
    • Organisation: Education Services Australia
    • Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
    • URL: http://www.esa.edu.au/
    • Subject matter expert
    • Name: Graham Coghill
    • Address: Marcus Beach QLD 4573 Australia
    Access profile
    • Colour independence
    • Device independence
    • Hearing independence
    Learning resource type
    • Interactive Resource
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    Operating systems
    • MacOS - minimum version: 10.6
    • MS-Windows - minimum version: x - maximum version: 7
    • © Education Services Australia Ltd, 2013, except where indicated under Acknowledgements.

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