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Atwood's Machine

Using an Atwood’s Machine, a photogate is used to measure the velocity of both masses as one moves up and the other moves down. The slope of the graph of velocity vs. time is the acceleration of the system and compensation is made for friction.

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Source: Lab #20

Comprehensive 850 Physics System Experiments

Atwood's Machine