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Acceleration up an Inclined Plane

The hanging mass is connected to the cart by a string that runs up and over the pulley. The falling mass pulls the cart up the inclined track. The speed is measured by the photogate and pulley, and the acceleration is calculated from a speed vs. time graph. The acceleration is compared to the theoretical value, and corrections are made to account for frictional forces.


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Source: Lab #21

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Acceleration up an Inclined Plane