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Physical Pendulum

A rod oscillates as a physical pendulum. The period is measured directly by the Rotary Motion Sensor, and the value is compared to the theoretical...

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Oscillation of a Cart and Springs

The period of oscillation of the cart and spring system is measured using the Smart Cart Position Sensor. The effect on the period is investigated...

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Conservation of Angular Momentum

A non-rotating ring is dropped onto a rotating disk. The angular speed is measured immediately before the drop and after the ring stops sliding...

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Rotational Kinetic Energy

This lab investigates the potential energies for a modified Atwood's Machine, where a disk has been added to the Rotary Motion Sensor pulley.

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Rotational Inertia

The purpose of this experiment is to find the rotational inertia of a ring and a disk experimentally and to verify that these values correspond...

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Newton’s Second Law for Rotation

Newton's Second Law for rotation: The resulting angular acceleration (α) of an object is directly proportional to the net torque (τ) on that...

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Ballistic Pendulum

A Ballistic Pendulum is used to determine the muzzle velocity of a ball shot out of a Projectile Launcher. The laws of conservation of momentum...

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Impulse and Momentum

A cart with a bumper runs down a track and collides with the end stop. The cart experiences a variable force during the time of the collision,...

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Conservation of Momentum

Elastic and inelastic collisions are performed with two Smart Carts of different masses. Magnetic bumpers are used in the elastic collision and...

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Work-Energy Theorem

A Force Sensor is used to measure the changing force applied by the stretched elastic cord, while the Smart Cart records its resulting velocity....

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