Introduction

What happens to people in automobile collisions is important information for car manufacturers. Crash dummies are often used in collision studies. Velocity is one of the most important factors in such collision studies. In this experiment, you will study the relationship between car velocity and the distance a “crash dummy” is thrown during a collision. You will use a Motion Detector to measure the velocity of a car and a ruler to measure the distance a crash dummy is thrown.

Objectives

  • Measure velocity.
  • Measure distances an action figure is thrown.
  • Calculate averages.
  • Graph the results.
  • Make conclusions from your results.