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Use a force sensor to measure and experience contact forces, and some non-contact forces, in relation to gravity.
This lab introduces students to the concept of forces. Primarily, they will measure and experience contact forces, but there will be some inclusion of non-contact forces in relation to gravity. Through direct measurement and experience, students develop the foundations of understanding the vector nature of forces that will carry through to Newton’s laws and kinematics, and re-enforce their understanding of units of measure of force and mass.
Students gain experience conducting the following procedures:
Masses (at least three different values)
Objects(textbook, ball, carts, etc.)
This experiment may require software and an interface for data collection.