Featured in PASCO’s Advanced Physics Teacher Guide

Advanced Physics Teacher Guide

(PS-2879C)

This manual features over 30 College Board curriculum and AP Physics exam inspired lab activities.

Acceleration Due to Gravity

Lab Summary

Use a freefall adapter to calculate the acceleration of gravity and then graphically derive a linear relationship.

Theory

Using a freefalling object dropped from different heights, students learn how to:

  • Calculate the acceleration of gravity from experimental data.
  • Graphically derive a linear relationship to understand kinematic equations.

Method

Students gain experience conducting the following procedures:

  • Measuring the time of fall of an object dropped from several different heights.
  • Using their data to produce a linear graph relating time of fall to distance travelled.

Sensors / Equipment Used:

PASPORT Digital Adapter

(PS-2159)

The Digital Adapter allows ScienceWorkshop analog sensors to be connected and used with PASPORT interfaces.

Freefall Adapter

(ME-9207B)

This adapter is an auto release mechanism that works with Photogate Timers, Smart Timer, and ScienceWorkshop Interfaces.

Right Angle Clamp

(SE-9444)

This clamp fits rods up to 18 mm (11/16 in) in diameter.

Base and Support Rod

(ME-9355)

The Large Base and Support Rod includes built-in leveling screws and an aluminum rod that is 12.7 mm (1/2 in.) in diameter and 45 cm long.

Four Scale Meter Stick

(SE-8695)

A convenient measuring device that includes four different metric scales of various precision.

The Associated Bundle:

Advanced Physics Standard Sensor Bundle

(PS-2932B)

This bundle contains the probeware needed to perform all 37 lab activities in the Advanced Physics lab manual.

Interface Required

This experiment may require software and an interface for data collection.