Middle School Physical Science Teacher Guide

(PS-3852)

Features 23 core lab activities that cover the fundamental concepts of Force & Motion, Energy Transfer, Electricity & Circuits, Fluids and more.

Exploring Velocity and Inertia

Lab Summary

Use a motion sensor to measure the velocity of a cart as it travels down an inclined track and collides with an obstacle.

Theory

In this activity students explore Newton's laws of motion. Students will use a motion sensor to measure the velocity of an object on a PASCar. This PASCar comes to a sudden stop and the object continues its motion.

Students will:

  • Investigate the relationship between velocity and the distance an object is thrown after collision
  • Explain how Newton's laws of motion are involved in this investigation
  • Design and conduct a scientific investigation

Method

Students gain experience conducting the following procedures:

  • Setting up the work area and equipment to measure the velocity of a cart as it travels down an inclined track and collides with an obstacle
  • Measuring the distance traveled by a "crash test dummy" after each collision
  • Using math skills to relate the velocity of the cart to the distance traveled by the dummy

Sensors / Equipment Used:

PASPORT Motion Sensor

(PS-2103A)

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.

Your Bundle Options:

Option 1:

Middle School Physical Science Bundle

(PS-2914)

Equipment bundle for teaching 23 Middle School Physical Science Teacher Guide labs.

Option 2:

Middle School Science Standard Sensor Bundle

(PS-2933A)

This bundle contains the probeware needed to perform all 49 lab activities in the Middle School Science through Inquiry lab manual.

Interface Required

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