Advanced PlacementCollegeHigh School / Physical SciencePhysics

Designing and Testing Crash Cushions

Students measure the acceleration of a cart as it collides with a solid barrier and a simple crash cushion. Students use their data and Newton's Second Law to help design and build an improved crash cushion that reduced the maximum acceleration experienced in a second collision.

Source: Physics Lab Station Investigations


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Design_Test_Crash_Cushions_S.docx 167.13 KB
Design_Test_Crash_Cusions_Google_Slides.pdf 29.35 KB
Design_Test_Crash_Cushions_S.pdf 225.37 KB

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