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.

Relative Motion

Lab Summary

Use a motion sensor to apply the concepts of relative motion and frames of reference to understanding velocity as a vector quantity in one-dimensional motion.

Theory

Students are introduced to the concept of relative motion and frames of reference. Students:

  • Analyze and draw inferences from graphs of the relative velocity between two carts.
  • Build a foundational understanding of the meaning of velocity as a vector quantity in one dimensional motion.

Method

Students will gain experience conducting the following procedures:

  • Measuring the relative velocities between two constant velocity carts as the carts move away from and towards each other.
  • Analyzing the graphs of Position versus Time for the various motions, and drawing conclusions about how these speeds are measured with the various carts in motion in both directions.

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.

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.