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Conservation of Energy on Inclined Track

As a cart rolls freely downhill, gravitational potential energy is converted to kinetic energy. The cart is released from the same height, multiple...

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Gravitational Potential Energy

To explore the relationship between potential and kinetic energy for a falling object, a Motion Sensor measures both the position and velocity...

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Conservation of Energy of a Simple Pendulum

When a pendulum swings, potential energy is transformed into kinetic energy, and then back again to potential energy as the speed and elevation...

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Hooke's Law and Elastic Potential Energy

As the spring cart launcher is loaded, a force sensor and a motion sensor are used to measure the spring constant and the amount of potential...

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Work-Energy Theorem

A force sensor is used to measure the changing force applied by a stretched elastic cord, while a motion sensor records the resulting velocity...

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Collisions in One Dimension

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

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Impulse and Momentum

The relationship between momentum, force, and impulse is explored when a cart collides with a Force Sensor equipped with either a spring bumper,...

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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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Newton's Second Law for Rotation

A torque is applied to point masses on a rod mounted on a Rotary Motion Sensor and the resulting angular acceleration is measured and the rotational...

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Rotational Inertia

A known torque is applied to the three-step pulley on the Rotary Motion Sensor, causing a disk and ring to rotate. The resulting angular acceleration...

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