Use the Photogate to study free fall, rolling objects, collisions, and pendulums.
Photogates allow for extremely accurate timing of events within physics experiments, for studying free fall, air track collisions, pendulum periods, the speed of a rolling object, among other things. The Vernier Photogate includes an accessory rod for mounting to a ring stand.
The gate has an input port so multiple gates can be connected in a daisy-chain configuration with up to four gates going to a single interface channel.
The laser gate mode requires the addition of a common pen laser, which is directed into the laser port. The laser may be some distance from the gate, so that you can measure the speed of larger objects such as a rocket, model car, or even a real automobile.
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The Photogate may require a compatible interface and software. Choose a platform below to see compatible interface and software options.
The Photogate is fully supported with LabQuest 2 (version 2.7.1), a standalone data logger with built-in graphing and analysis software.
Full support of this sensor is only available when LabQuest 2 is connected to a Chromebook via Wireless Data Sharing. Future software updates will support the use of this sensor with LabQuest connected via USB to Chromebooks.