Featured in PASCO’s Physics through Inquiry Teacher Guide

Physics through Inquiry Teacher Guide

(PS-2873C)

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

Acceleration

Lab Summary

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

Theory

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.

Method

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

(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.

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

(PS-2923)

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

(PS-2931B)

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.