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Freefall Picket Fence

In this lab, students generate velocity vs. time graph for a picket fence free-falling through a Photogate. Then, students will use their graphs to determine the acceleration due to gravity.


Student Files

10_Freefall_Picket_Fence_Data.cap 553.43 KB
10_Freefall_Picket_Fence.cap 516.96 KB
10_Freefall_Picket_Fence.docx 315.54 KB
10_Holding_Picket_Fence.jpg 235.65 KB
10_Photogate.jpg 147.50 KB
10_Accel_due_to_gravity_w_Picket_Fence.jpg 175.21 KB
10_Freefall_Picket_Fence.pdf 275.04 KB

Featured Equipment

Comprehensive 850 Mechanics Bundle

This bundle includes all the equipment and sensors needed to perform the experiments in the Comprehensive 850 Mechanics System Experiment Manual.

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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Source: Lab #10

Comprehensive 850 Physics System

Freefall Picket Fence