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 1. Motion 1 This experiment familiarizes the student with DataStudio and the motion sensor.             Download: Motion 1.pdf

 2. Motion 2 Relationships between position, velocity, acceleration, and time are studied. This lab focuses on the one dimensional case where each quantity can be considered as a scalar. Acceleration is also taken to be constant.           Download: Motion 2.pdf

 3. Equilibrium of a Particle Newton's 1st Law is investigated. The apparatus consists of a force table, and a set of movable pulleys with weights. A string is attached to a small ring at the top of the table which is centered with a pin.           Download:Equilibrium of a particle.pdf

 4. Newton's 2nd Law Students will verify Newton's 2nd Law and some of its applications.             Download: Newtons 2nd law.pdf

 5. Work-Energy The work-energy relationship is explored by looking at the energy of a glider and weight at different positions during a fall.             Download: Work Energy.pdf

 6. Collisions in One Dimension One dimensional 2 body collisions are investigated with emphasis on conservation of energy and momentum.           Download: Collision in 1D.pdf

 7. Centripetal Force Students measure the period of a revolving weight and use the information to calculate angular velocity and compare the centripetal force with the force of gravity.           Download: Centripetal Force.pdf

 8. Ballistic Pendulum In this experiment students measure the speed of a projectile by a kinematic method and also by the use of a ballistic pendulum. The latter method illustrates the use of conservation of energy and momentum.         Download: Ballistic Pendulum.pdf

 9. Ideal Gas Law and Absolute Zero Students will investigate how the pressure between a given quantity of gas in a fixed volume varies with temperature. This linear relationship between pressure and temperature is extrapolated to zero pressure. The temperature at which this occurs is absolute zero.         Download: Gas Law.pdf

 10. Mechanical Equivalent of Heat In this experiment, students determine the amount of work done, measure the temperature rise of a drum, and calculate the amount of heat that would produce the same temperature rise.           Download: Mechanical Equivalent of Heat.pdf
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