Newton Car

Problem- you’re looking for a good lab that illustrates Newtons laws of motion, but you don’t want something that takes a ton of prep, looks chaotic, and stresses you out.  If that’s you right now (which described me before I found this idea and modified it), this lab might fit your needs.

In it, your students will assemble their own Newton Car, which flings a canister one direction while the car goes another.  Look over the lab, and decide whether to keep it as-is, or go any number of directions with other experiments, as well as with the conclusion.

As presented, this lab takes 4 days, but don’t be surprised if it takes longer.


Teacher Notes, Student Handout, PowerPoint