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Take a look at acceleration within the context of automotive technology. They vary the mass on a toy car and run it down a ramp, exploring Newton's second law of motion. Though this is a classic lab activity, you will appreciate the layout of this particular lab sheet.
For this acceleration worksheet, students use graphs of velocity versus time and acceleration versus time to describe the motion of objects.
In collaborative groups, physics learners design and create a web portfolio of internet resoucres explaining poitive and negative acceleration, zero acceleration, and positive and negative velocity. This is a terrific assignment for integrating technology into the physics curriculum. One of the highlights is that the learners help design the grading criteria rubric before embarking on this creative project. 
Young Einsteins experiment with the acceleration of Hot Wheels™ toy cars down inclined planes at various angles. This classic physics lab activity is thoroughly explained in both a teacher’s guide and a student lab sheet. Science learners collect data from four trials at each of three inclined plane heights. They calculate and graph acceleration rates and determine percent error.
In this acceleration activity, students experiment with different sizes, masses and material of objects and determine how they affect acceleration.
In this speed and acceleration worksheet, students complete math word problems having to do with speed and acceleration. Students complete 13 problems.
Students explore physics by conducting an experiment in class. In this force instructional activity, students define the terms acceleration, displacement and force while discussing how they relate to each other. Students participate in an experiment in which students drag a cart around the class with different weight in it and record the different times.
Address the question that physics learners are burning to know the answer to: How does an atom-smashing particle accelerator work? The LHC or Large Hadron Collider is introduced as a tool for uncovering the mysterious rules that govern matter. When addressing particle physics, show this video to walk your class step-by-step through how this type of research is done. 
In this acceleration worksheet, students utilize the mathematical equation for calculating the acceleration of an object to determine how much faster each second hot wheels cars travel. Students use 2 photogates, books and a wooden board to simulate the acceleration of a moving object.
Young scholars explore the concept of acceleration.  In this acceleration lesson, students determine the acceleration of an object in free fall by collecting data using a graphing calculator and motion sensor.  Student plot the velocity v. time data along with the position v. time graph.  Young scholars determine how both of these graphs relate to the acceleration of the object.
Your physics followers will have fun envisioning Fluffy, The Wonder Hamster being launched in his exercise ball or Mr. Kirwan building an airplane in his backyard as they solve problems regarding acceleration. They are to draw a diagram and show their work, including which formulas they apply to each situation. This is an entertaining and educational homework assignment rolled into one!
In this acceleration and free body diagrams activity, students solve five problems using Newton's laws and they draw free body diagrams to help find the solutions.
In this acceleration activity, students experiment with varying amounts of mass to observe the effects on the force needed to move an object. Students apply Newton's Second Law of Motion to describe the relationship between mass and force needed to move an object. Students graph their data and answer 2 questions about their results.
A nine-page physics resource supports your lesson on acceleration. A step-by-step lesson plan walks you through the materials you need, the background information, steps for leading experimentation, and the explanation of the results. The only missing element is a student Exploration Guide, which you can create by simply modeling the instructions given to you.  
Students use dynamics carts to illustrate Newton's Second Law of Motion. In this force and motion lesson, students use dynamics carts to experiment and prove Newton's Second Law. They establish the relationship between mass and acceleration for push and pull forces.
In this acceleration and average speed worksheet, high schoolers learn the equations for acceleration and average speed. They match 6 variables with their quantities, they identify speed vs. velocity and scalar vs. vector and they solve 4 problems for speed or acceleration. They analyze 2 graphs and find the acceleration and the regions indicating constant speed, deceleration and acceleration.
In this acceleration learning exercise, students calculate the speeds and position of cars traveling at a given acceleration and complete a table with their answers. Students plot their data and describe their graphs using the terms linear, exponential, direct and inverse.
Students interpret a variety of motion graphs. In this physics lesson, students calculate the speed and acceleration of objects using numerical data from graphs. They apply what they have learned to solve real world problems.
Students investigate the interdependence of mass and gravitational acceleration using computer simulation. In this physics lesson plan, students derive the formula for acceleration due to gravity. They calculate air resistance on falling objects.
For this accelerations worksheet, students draw pictures and vector diagrams for the given situations and then determine the acceleration of the given objects. This worksheet has 10 word problems.