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.

Conservation of Momentum

Lab Summary

Use two motion sensors to explore the concept of momentum and its conservation during common types of collisions.

Theory

This lab exposes students to the concept of momentum and its conservation during common types of collisions. Students:

  • Graphically understand both elastic and inelastic collisions.
  • Test the idea of Conservation of Momentum in different types of collisions.
  • Notice what happens with force, velocity, and linear momentum during the collision.

Method

Students will gain experience conducting the following procedures:

  • Set up experimental trials for elastic and inelastic collisions, as well as an "explosion" type separation of two moving vehicles.
  • Measure the velocity of two objects at the same time with motion sensors.

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:

Balance

Dynamics track

Dynamics carts with magnet bumpers, Velcro® bumpers, and plungers ~ 2

The Associated Bundle:

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.