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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 object.

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This system provides a complete set of labs for mechanics, heat, light, sound, and electromagnetism.

Photogate Head

Photogate Head

Monitors the motion of objects passing through its gate, counting events as the object breaks the infrared beam.

Picket Fence

A rectangular piece of clear plastic with evenly spaced opaque bands.

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Freefall of a Picket Fence