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Atwood's Machine

In a study of an Atwood’s Machine apparatus, a photogate is used to measure the velocity of both hanging masses as one moves up and the other...

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External Force and Newton's Laws

The external force exerted by the hand through the elastic band causes the system of two carts to accelerate. The carts’ sensors are used to...

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Newton's Third Law

In this lab, two Smart Carts exert forces on each other in a variety of situations. Each Smart Cart’s force sensor measures the force acting...

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Inertia and Newton's Second Law

When you shake an object back and forth, you feel a “resistance” to the acceleration you are causing. We commonly refer to this as the “inertia”...

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Force and Acceleration

A Smart Cart is accelerated by the tension in a string that goes over a pulley and has mass hanging at its other end. The Smart Cart’s sensors...

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Newton's Second Law

The acceleration of a Smart Cart with Smart Fan Accessory is measured for varying forces, while keeping the mass constant. The Smart Fan is used...

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Newton's First Law

The purpose of this experiment is to determine how external forces influence the motion of a Smart Cart, either by itself, or together with a...

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Projectile Range vs. Launch Angle

Students use a Mini Launcher to measure the range of a projectile on a horizontal surface for various angles. The average range is calculated...

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Acceleration on an Inclinded Track

The purpose of this lab is to study the relationships between position, velocity and acceleration for a Smart Cart moving up and then down an...

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Freefall of a Picket Fence

A picket fence is dropped through a photogate and the slope of the graph of average velocity versus time gives the acceleration of the falling...

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