Featured in PASCO’s Advanced Physics Teacher Guide
This manual features over 30 College Board curriculum and AP Physics exam inspired lab activities.
Momentum & Impulse
Use a force sensor and a motion sensor to determine how the momentum and impulse associated with a collision are mathematically related.
Momentum and impulse associated with a collision are mathematically related.
- Understand the forces and the distribution of forces associated with collision between a cart and barrier.
- Experimentally unify the concepts of momentum and impulse.
Structured (Student Handout) (394 KB – PDF)
Structured (Teacher Information) (412 KB – PDF)
Guided Inquiry (Student Handout) (285 KB – PDF)
Guided Inquiry (Teacher Information) (242 KB – PDF)
Student Designed (Student Handout) (245 KB – PDF)
Student Designed (Teacher Information) (128 KB – PDF)
Students gain experience conducting the following procedures:
- Releasing a cart down an incline allowing it to strike a force sensor at the bottom of the incline.
- Measuring the velocity just before and just after the collision.
- Plotting a Force versus Time graph of the collision.
- Comparing the change in momentum to the impulse.
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.
Designed to measure both pulling and pushing forces. Uses range from collisions to tug-of-war.
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.
Two half-meter tracks designed to accept carts from the Dynamics Systems to study various motion related experiments.
Fastens to the T-Slot of a Dynamics track and accepts a 1/2 inch rod.
This bracket fastens to the T-Slot of a dynamics track and securely holds the Force Sensor for measuring collisions with a cart.
Balance, 1200-g capacity
The Associated Bundle:
This bundle contains the probeware needed to perform all 37 lab activities in the Advanced Physics lab manual.