Featured in PASCO’s Advanced Physics Teacher Guide
This manual features over 30 College Board curriculum and AP Physics exam inspired lab activities.
Graphical Analysis of Motion
Use a motion sensor to determine the position, velocity, acceleration, and time for a variety of motion types including constant velocity and constant acceleration in order to graphically determine their relationships.
The goal of this lab is to have students conduct an experiment that investigates graphical relationships between position, velocity, acceleration, and time for a variety of motion types including constant velocity and constant acceleration. The main objectives are for students to understand:
- The three main types of motion (constant speed and positive and negative acceleration) and what they look like on position versus time, velocity versus time, and acceleration versus time graphs.
- The meaning of the slope of each graph and how it relates to the other graphs.
- The significance of the area under the velocity-time graph.
Students gain experience conducting the following procedures:
- Creating a position versus time graph for three types of motion.
- "Matching the graph" by physically demonstrating the motion shown on a position-time graph.
- Drawing velocity versus time and acceleration versus time graphs from position versus time graphs.
- Interpreting the meaning of each graph and how it relates to the other two graphs.
Sensors / Equipment Used:
The PASPORT Motion Sensor accurately measures position, velocity, and acceleration of a target. Can be used to track the motion of carts, balls, people and more.
Equip your lab with carts and a high-quality 1.2 m aluminum track.
A convenient measuring device that includes four different metric scales of various precision.
The Associated Bundle:
This bundle contains the probeware needed to perform all 37 lab activities in the Advanced Physics lab manual.