Smart Cart Curved Track System - ME-5700A

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Will the cart be going any faster at the bottom if a mass is added? With the Curved PAStrack and low friction Smart Cart, students can investigate conservation of energy and answer these types of questions experimentally. NOTE: The Smart Cart included with this set is actually the red one. The two are exactly the same in terms of functionality.

Overview

This unique system has curved track that allows your students to build hills and valleys for Conservations of Energy experiments.

Data is collected using the sensors onboard the Smart Cart. Unlike when Motion Sensors are used to track the cart, the Smart Cart does not have to be in the direct line of sight of the sensor so it can go over hills. And the Smart Cart is wireless so no extra friction is introduced.

The curved and straight track pieces can be combined to form a step such that the cart starts out on a nearly level upper section, travels down the ramp and ends on a level straight section. This make measuring the change in height very easy.

During the experiments the mass of the cart can easily be varied to see what effect, if any, it has on the results.

Another possible configuration is creating a well so the cart oscillates back-and-forth, streaming position, velocity and acceleration data directly to your devices the entire time.

This versatile system can also be used for regular dynamics experiments such as impulse, collisions, Newton's Second Law and much more.

Bluetooth 4 Connectivity

Required Software:

PASCO products that use Bluetooth® 4 technology - wireless sensors, smart carts, and the AirLink Interface - require the latest versions of our software.

PASCO Capstone is available for Mac and Windows. SPARKvue  is available for Mac, Windows, iOS, Android and Chromebooks.

Additionally, the Wireless Motion Sensor and Wireless Smart Carts can be connected via Bluetooth and used with our MatchGraph! app.

Compatibility/System requirements

Any current model Chromebook, Mac, iPad, iPhone, Android tablet or Android phone will support direct connection to PASCO Bluetooth 4 devices. Also, any Windows 10 device w/ Creators Edition 1703 or later will support direct connection.

Chromebook users MUST have the latest firmware updates for ALL wireless sensors in order to use them without the USB Bluetooth Adapter. Full information.

All other windows computers/tablets, older Macs, and Chromebook users without updated sensor firmware currently require the PS-3500 USB Bluetooth 4.0 Adapter to connect to PASCO’s Bluetooth 4 devices.

Full compatibility details are available, including compatibility information for older computing devices.

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Expand Your Set

The Smart Cart Curved Track Set ships with a single red Smart Cart which is all that is needed to study conservation of energy. But adding another Smart Cart allows for further investigation into collisions, conservation of momentum and more.

Smart Cart (Blue)   ME-1241

Software Required

This product requires or recommends PASCO software for data collection and analysis. Either SPARKvue software or PASCO Capstone software may be used.