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Features over 30 inquiry based labs covering the core topic areas of mechanics, electricity and magnetism, optics, thermodynamics and more.
Use a motion sensor and force sensor to explore the change in momentum that occurs in a collision, and how that change is related to the impulse associated with the collision.
This laboratory activity explores the change in momentum that occurs in a collision, and how that change is related to the impulse associated with the collision. This activity allows students to:
- Calculate the change in momentum of a cart before and after a collision.
- Study the relationship between force and time during the transfer of momentum associated with a collision.
- Compare the change in momentum to the impulse associated with a collision.
Students will gain experience conducting the following procedures:
- Simulating an elastic collision with a cart, track, and force accessory bracket.
- Measuring the change in velocity using a motion sensor and the force experienced by the cart during the collision using a force sensor.
- Calculating momentum using the measured velocity of the cart.
- Determining the impulse of a collision using the area under the graph of Force versus Time.
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.
Force accessory bracket
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Contains the probeware needed to perform all 37 lab activities in the Physics through Inquiry lab manual.