Featured in PASCO’s Physics through Inquiry Teacher Guide

Physics through Inquiry Teacher Guide


Features over 30 inquiry based labs covering the core topic areas of mechanics, electricity and magnetism, optics, thermodynamics and more.


Lab Summary

Use a motion sensor to introduce the concept of representing motion as a change of position in a graphical form.


This activity introduces students to the concept of representing acceleration as a change of velocity in a graphical form. This activity allows students to:

  • Understand that average acceleration over a given time is the change in velocity divided by the change in time.
  • Describe acceleration properly as the change in velocity with respect to time.
  • Interpret a velocity versus time graph.


Students will gain experience conducting the following procedures:

  • Measuring the velocity of an object using a motion sensor.
  • Tracking the change of velocity of an object using a graphical representation.
  • Interpreting a graphical representation of velocity versus time.

Sensors / Equipment Used:

PASPORT Motion Sensor


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.

Materials Used:

Dynamics track

Dynamics cart

Dynamics track pivot clamp

Dynamics track end stop

Rod Stand

Your Bundle Options:

Option 1:

Physics Starter Sensor Bundle


A sensor bundle specifically designed to get you started using probeware in your physics lab. Also: perform 26 of the 37 Lab Activities from Physics through Inquiry.

Option 2:

Physics Standard Sensor Bundle


Contains the probeware needed to perform all 37 lab activities in the Physics through Inquiry lab manual.

Interface Required

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