Advanced Placement / Physics

Conservation Of Mechanical Energy

In this lab, students use a photogate and dynamics system to explore how a cart's kinetic energy, gravitational potential energy, and total mechanical energy changes as it rolls down an inclined track.


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06_Conservation_of_Mechanical_Energy_013-14560A-SV.spk2 2.46 KB

Standards Correlations

IB Topics AP Topics
2.3 5.B.4.1;2

Featured Equipment

Smart Gate

Wireless Smart Gate

The Wireless Smart Gate has all the features of the wired Smart Gate plus the added flexibility of wireless connection to your data collection system.

Cart Picket Fences (2 Pack) -- IDS

Replacement photogate fences that mount on Dynamics Carts.

Angle Indicator Angle Indicator

Angle Indicator

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

Basic Smart Cart Metal Track 1.2 m System

The Basic Smart Cart and Metal Track 1.2m System includes two Wireless Smart Carts and a 1.2 m aluminum track without the accessories package.

Many lab activities can be conducted with our Wireless, PASPORT, or even ScienceWorkshop sensors and equipment. For assistance with substituting compatible instruments, contact PASCO Technical Support. We're here to help.

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Source: Lab #06

Advanced Physics Through Inquiry 1

Conservation Of Mechanical Energy