Advanced Placement / Physics

Capacitor Fundamentals

Students use a digital capacitance meter and construct capacitors from aluminum foil and paper to determine how physical properties of a parallel-plate...

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Advanced Placement / Physics

Electromagnetic Induction

Students use voltage sensor to measure the maximum emf induced in a coil as a permanent magnet is dropped through it. Students vary the number...

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Advanced Placement / Physics

Buoyant Force

Students use the Smart Cart force sensor to measure the buoyant force on a metal cylinder lowered into a fluid and then determine the relationship...

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Advanced Placement / Physics

Hydrostatic Pressure

Students use a pressure sensor to measure the static pressure at different depths in a column of water and use their data to determine the mathematical...

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High School / Physics

Position, Distance, and Displacement

Students will explore and discover the difference between position, distance, and displacement using graphs of their own motion.

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High School / Physics

Newton's Second Law

Students measure the force on a cart and its resulting acceleration for a modified Atwood machine. They vary the weight on the hanger and create...

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High School / Physics

Measuring the Speed of Sound with an Echo

Students will first predict the speed of sound in the air of their classroom using a simple relationship accounting for temperature. Students...

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High School / Physics

Rotational Dynamics

Students use hanging masses to apply torque to a rotating arm and measure its angular acceleration. After varying the torque, they experimentally...

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High School / Physics

Rotational Collisions

Students measure the change in angular velocity when a rotating disc experiences a sudden change in rotational inertia.

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High School / Physics

Change in Kinetic Energy

Students use a modified Atwood machine to study how the change in kinetic energy is related to the net force applied and distance travelled....

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