Work Energy Theorem Experiment - EX-5513A



In this experiment designed for use with PASCO Capstone software, the total work done on an object is compared with the change in kinetic energy of the object. Using a force sensor and photogate/pulley system, students record and display the force as a function of position and the work done is the area under the force vs. position plot. Kinetic energy, at any point during the experiment, is calculated from the velocity measured with the photogate and pulley. Students explore the meaning of dissipative forces.

PASCO Advantage

Instead of just focusing on the end points, real-time measurements of force, position, and velocity allow students to continuously examine the work done and the resulting kinetic energy of the cart during its entire trip down the track.

Work done by friction and ignoring the rotational kinetic energy of the wheels causes the cart kinetic energy to be approximately 5% low.

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Interface Required

A 550 Universal Interface or 850 Universal Interface is required for use with this product.  Compare the 550 and 850.

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Software Required

This product requires or recommends PASCO Capstone for data collection and analysis.