Introduction

You have been familiar with playgrounds and slides since you were a small child. The force of gravity pulls you down a slide. The force of friction slows you down. In the first part of this experiment, you will use a Motion Detector to determine your speed or velocity going down a playground slide. In the second part, you will experiment with different ways to increase your speed going down the slide.

Objectives

In this experiment, you will

  • Use a Motion Detector to determine your speed going down a slide.
  • Experiment with ways to increase your speed going down the slide.
  • Explain your results.