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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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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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