Advanced PlacementCollegeHigh School / Physics

Momentum and Impulse

Students use a Smart Cart and dynamics system to investigate the relationship between the change in momentum of a cart undergoing a collision and the impulse imparted to the cart to change its momentum, and then use their data to establish a measurement-based relationship between change in momentum and impulse.


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Standards Correlations

IB Topics AP Topics
2.4 3.D.2.3 3.D.2.4

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Advanced Physics 1 Lab Manual

Momentum and Impulse