Advanced PlacementCollegeHigh School / Physics

Conservation of Mechanical Energy

Students use a Smart Cart and dynamics system to explore how the kinetic energy, gravitational potential energy, and total mechanical energy of a cart/earth system changes as the cart rolls down an inclined track.


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Standards Correlations

IB Topics AP Topics
2.3 5.B.4.1; 5.B.4.2

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Ohaus Scout SKX Balance

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Combines range, resolution and low cost, making it ideal for the student science lab. 2200 g version.

Four-Scale Meter Stick

Four Scale Meter Stick

A convenient measuring device that includes four different metric scales of various precision.

Dynamics Track Rod Clamp

Track Rod Clamp

Fastens to the T-Slot of a Dynamics track and accepts a 1/2 inch rod.

Angle Indicator Angle Indicator

Angle Indicator

Fastens to the T-Slot of a dynamics track with hanging brass plumb bob for angle indicator.

Aluminum Table Clamp

This clamp with 6.5 cm grip width, accepts plain or threaded rods up to 1/2 inch or 1.25 cm.

End Stops

Dynamics Track End Stop (2 Pack)

Replacement end stops for the Dynamics Tracks.

45 cm Stainless Steel Rod

45 cm Stainless Steel Rod

Non-threaded and non-magnetic lab rod.



Connect two 0.5m length tracks and use with dynamics carts to study motion.

Smart Cart (Red)

Smart Cart (Red)

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Advanced Physics 1 Lab Manual

Conservation of Mechanical Energy