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Inertia and the Second Law

A force is applied directly to the cart by pulling and pushing on the attached Force Sensor. The resulting acceleration is measured by the Motion Sensor, and the analysis of a Force vs. Acceleration graph allows the concept of "inertia" to be quantified.


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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.

High-Resolution Force Sensor

PASPORT High Resolution Force Sensor

The PASPORT High Resolution Force Sensor is designed to make very high resolution measurements of pulling and pushing forces.

Motion Sensor

PASPORT Motion Sensor

The PASPORT Motion Sensor accurately measures the position, velocity, and acceleration of a target. It can be used to track the motion of balls, carts, people, and more.

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Basic PAScar Metal Track 1.2 m System

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Inertia and the Second Law