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Centripetal Force Apparatus

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The Centripetal Force Apparatus allows you to investigate the relationship between centripetal force, angular velocity, mass, and radius.

Description

A force sensor measures the centripetal force exerted on a mass as it moves in a circle. A photogate can be used to measure the angular speed. Different masses can be added to the platform and positioned at variable radii. The platform can be driven by a falling mass. The apparatus also accommodates the Vernier Wireless Dynamic Sensor System to measure force, which provides the best set of data. Sensors are sold separately.

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What’s Included

  • Rectangular Frame
  • Support Legs (2)
  • Rotating Assembly consisting of Rotational Shaft, Encoder Wheel, 3-Step Pulley, Rotating Beam, Bearing Housing
  • Sliding Carriage to hold the test masses
  • Counterbalance Carriage to balance the rotating beam
  • Swivel Assembly (connects Sliding Carriage to a Dual-Range Force Sensor)
  • Ultra Pulley
  • Ultra Pulley Bracket (preinstalled on Assembly)
  • Photogate Bracket with 1/4 x 20 mounting screw (preinstalled on Assembly)
  • Dual-Range Force Sensor Bracket (preinstalled on Assembly)
  • 50 g masses (4)
  • 100 g masses (4)
  • Hook (attaches a Wireless Dynamic Sensor System to the Sliding Carriage)
  • WDSS Mounting Screw and T Nut to secure a WDSS
  • User manual

Teacher Review

As an experimental physicist who teaches introductory physics, I strongly recommend Vernier’s new Centripetal Force Apparatus. It is extremely well thought out and engineered.

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Ordering Information

All prices are for U.S. educators.

NameOrder CodePriceQuantity
Centripetal Force ApparatusCFA$449

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