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Conservation of Energy of a Simple Pendulum

The purpose of this experiment is to use measurements of the motion of a simple pendulum to calculate and compare the different types of energy...

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Hooke's Law

A Smart Cart is used to measure a spring’s force vs. position as a spring is stretched. According to Hooke’s law, the negative of the slope...

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Conservation of Energy on an Inclined Track

As the cart rolls freely up and then back down the track, mechanical energy changes form from kinetic energy to gravitational energy, and then...

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Centripetal, Tangential, and Angular Acceleration

A rod rotates in a horizontal plane, and is made to slow steadily to a stop. This setup is used to explore the different types of acceleration...

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Friction and Newton's Laws

Coefficients of static friction and kinetic friction are determined for a block connected by a string over a pulley to a hanging mass.

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Atwood's Machine

In a study of an Atwood’s Machine apparatus, a photogate is used to measure the velocity of both hanging masses as one moves up and the other...

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External Force and Newton's Laws

The external force exerted by the hand through the elastic band causes the system of two carts to accelerate. The carts’ sensors are used to...

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Newton's Third Law

In this lab, two Smart Carts exert forces on each other in a variety of situations. Each Smart Cart’s force sensor measures the force acting...

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Inertia and Newton's Second Law

When you shake an object back and forth, you feel a “resistance” to the acceleration you are causing. We commonly refer to this as the “inertia”...

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Force and Acceleration

A Smart Cart is accelerated by the tension in a string that goes over a pulley and has mass hanging at its other end. The Smart Cart’s sensors...

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