Impulse and Momentum
A cart with a bumper runs down a track and collides with the end stop. The cart experiences a variable force during the time of the collision, causing it to change its velocity. In this experiment, the relationship between momentum, force, and impulse will be explored for the spring bumper, a clay bumper, and a magnetic bumper.
To determine the change in momentum (impulse), the speeds before and after the collision are measured using the Smart Cart position sensor. The force during the collision is measured using the Smart Cart force sensor. To confirm the impulse, the force versus time is plotted and the impulse is determined by finding the area under the curve.PreviewDownload
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This system provides a complete set of labs for mechanics, heat, light, sound, and electromagnetism.
The Smart Cart is the ultimate tool for your physics lab with built-in sensors that measure force, position, velocity, three axes of acceleration, and three axes of rotational velocity. U.S. Patent No. 10,481,173
The Smart Cart is the ultimate tool for your physics lab and includes built-in sensors for measuring force, position, velocity, three axes of acceleration, and three axes of rotational velocity. Patent No. 10481173
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