Overview

It's simple physics— a moving object will continue forever at a constant velocity unless it's acted on by an external force. To the physicist, Newton's first law is second nature. Yet it's still fascinating to watch an air track glider moving endlessly back and forth on an air track. It's even more fascinating for students, who are often seeing this simplest form of motion for the first time.

An air track glider provides the raw material for highly accurate investigations into the laws of motion. Add a timing system and investigate uniform motion, average and instantaneous velocities, uniform acceleration, elastic and inelastic collisions, impulse and change in momentum, conservation of momentum, conservation of energy and more.The data is precise and unambiguous. Frictional forces are negligible.

This set includes the air track, two gliders, mounting hardware and many more accessories to explore physics principles in a near frictionless environment.  An air supply (such as the SF-9216 - sold separately) is required for use.

Compared to other air tracks, the PASCO Air Track is:

  • Longer -- The full 2-meter length provides more room for experimenting (yet it still fits on a standard lab table).
  • Straighter -- Guaranteed straight to within 0.04 mm over its entire 2-meter length. If your air track should ever become misaligned, return it to us and we will realign it for free.
  • Tougher -- The track is a large square aluminum extrusion with 3 mm thick walls that are further strengthened by a supporting U-channel. This construction preserves straightness and allows for accurate realignment.
  • Quieter -- When using PASCO's Air Supply (SF-9216 Sold Separately)this system is exceptionally quiet (allows the air to be adjusted), and the variable flow to the perfect amount for each experiment. (Too little air causes friction; too much air causes energy loss due to glider "flutter.")
  • Versatile -- The PASCO Air Track comes with a large set of accessories:

Features

  • Precision Cart -- Designed to easily accept accessories such as flags, extra masses, etc.
  • 2-Meter Scale -- Mounted to both sides of track.
  • Soft Bumpers -- Reduce energy loss during collisions.
  • Alignment Channel -- Ensures that the track will always be straight.

Includes

  • Gliders- 13 cm long; 170 g; with rubber band bumpers (2)
  • Air Track Accessory Kit (SF-9295)
  • Mounting hardware (2 single-leg screws, 2 double-leg screws, (1) 4 mm wrench, (1) 5 mm wrench)
  • One double leg with adjustable feet
  • Fixed-end stops (2)
  • Specifications

    Specifications

    Length
    • 2.0 m (working distance 1.9 m)
    Straight
    • ±0.04 mm
    Construction
    • extruded aluminum square (3 mm wall thickness) on a U-channel support with 7 alignment screws
    Air Holes
    • 382 holes of 1 mm diameter; 2 cm spacing; 4 cm diameter air inlet
    Base
    • 3-point support with bilateral leveling screws
    Millimeter Scales
    • 2 meters long on each side

    Shipping Information

    Track
    • 2.2 m (85") length x 17 cm (7") diameter
    • 12.7 kg (28 lbs)
    Accessories
    • 28 x 21 x 16 cm (11 x 8 x 6 in.)
    • 4.5 kg (10 lb)

    Accessories

    1621
    SF-9296
    Electric Launcher-Air Track
    1622
    SF-9297
    Coupled Harmonic Oscillators-Air Track
    1763
    SF-9295
    Air Track Accessory Kit
    57550
    ME-8986
    Rubber Cord for IDS System (30m Spool)
    175044
    SF-6306
    Glider -- Air Track
    175115
    SF-6313
    Fixed End Stop -- Air Track
    175095
    SF-6309
    Adjustable End Stop -- Air Track
    175096
    SF-6310
    Photogate Flags (100 mm) -- Air Track
    175113
    SF-6311
    Photogate Flags (25 mm) -- Air Track
    175114
    SF-6312
    Photogate Flags (U-shaped) -- Air Track
    1855
    SF-9224
    Glider Kit
    1852
    SF-9298
    Air Supply Hose for Air Track (2m)
    1853
    SF-9217
    T-Adapter and Hose -- Air Track
    1854
    ME-9239
    Riser Block Kit
    Product Name Part Number Price Qty. Select
    Electric Launcher-Air Track   SF-9296
    Coupled Harmonic Oscillators-Air Track   SF-9297
    Air Track Accessory Kit   SF-9295
    Rubber Cord for IDS System (30m Spool)   ME-8986
    Glider -- Air Track   SF-6306
    Fixed End Stop -- Air Track   SF-6313
    Adjustable End Stop -- Air Track   SF-6309
    Photogate Flags (100 mm) -- Air Track   SF-6310
    Photogate Flags (25 mm) -- Air Track   SF-6311
    Photogate Flags (U-shaped) -- Air Track   SF-6312
    Glider Kit   SF-9224
    Air Supply Hose for Air Track (2m)   SF-9298
    T-Adapter and Hose -- Air Track   SF-9217
    Riser Block Kit   ME-9239

    Replacement Parts

    175022
    SF-6300
    Mass/Hanger Set -- Air Track
    175031
    SF-6301
    Bumper Set With Holder -- Air Track
    175032
    SF-6302
    Bumper Set -- Air Track
    175033
    SF-6303
    Inelastic Collision Needle -- Air Track
    175034
    SF-6304
    Wax Receptacle -- Air Track
    175043
    SF-6305
    Glider Hook -- Air Track
    175053
    SF-6307
    Glider Mass -- Air Track
    175062
    SF-6308
    Ball Bearing Pulley -- Air Track
    Product Name Part Number Price Qty. Select
    Mass/Hanger Set -- Air Track   SF-6300
    Bumper Set With Holder -- Air Track   SF-6301
    Bumper Set -- Air Track   SF-6302
    Inelastic Collision Needle -- Air Track   SF-6303
    Wax Receptacle -- Air Track   SF-6304
    Glider Hook -- Air Track   SF-6305
    Glider Mass -- Air Track   SF-6307
    Ball Bearing Pulley -- Air Track   SF-6308

    Buying Guide

    Required
    1620
    SF-9216
    Variable Output Air Supply
    1
    Product Name Part Number Price Qty. Select
    Variable Output Air Supply   SF-9216

    Resources

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