GCSE Physics

Causing Acceleration

Isaac Newton was the first to realise that to make something accelerate (speed up or slow down) we must apply a force to the object.

A larger force will lead to a larger acceleration. Similarly, if we use the same force, a larger mass (heavier) object will accelerate less - it's harder to move.

From Newton's work, we have the following relationship:

force = mass x acceleration


F = m x a

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