Featured in PASCO’s Advanced Physics Teacher Guide
This manual features over 30 College Board curriculum and AP Physics exam inspired lab activities.
Use a rotary motion sensor to implement a simple Atwood's machine and determine the earth's gravitational acceleration.
Students build foundational knowledge surrounding the concept of uniform acceleration in closed systems by:
- Implementing a simple Atwood's machine to experimentally determine the earth's gravitational acceleration.
- Developing graphical analysis skills and linearization techniques.
Students gain experience conducting the following procedures:
- Drawing free body diagrams to analyze motion using Newton's second law.
- Measuring the acceleration of a two-mass system (Atwood's machine).
- Deriving and manipulating equations pertaining to Atwood's machine.
Sensors / Equipment Used:
Put a new spin on many common experiments with this highly versatile sensor.
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.
This clamp fits rods up to 18 mm (11/16 in) in diameter.
String - 1.5 m
The Associated Bundle:
This bundle contains the probeware needed to perform all 37 lab activities in the Advanced Physics lab manual.