- Force, mass and acceleration are related by the following equation:
force = mass × acceleration
f = m × a
- You can rearrange this equation with the help of the formula triangle:
- The greater the force, the greater the acceleration (for a given mass)
- For a given force, the smaller the mass the greater the acceleration
Exam Question: Acceleration
If you are trying to find the acceleration check that you know both the unbalanced (resultant) force and the mass of the object. If you don’t, you might need to calculate the acceleration using a different equation.