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Newton's First Law

Figure from experiment 3 from Advanced Physics with Vernier — Mechanics


Everyone knows that force and motion are related. A stationary object will not begin to move unless some agent applies a force to it. But just how does the motion of an object depend on the forces acting on it? In this experiment you will begin to examine the role that forces play in motion of an object.


In this experiment, you will

  • Collect position, velocity, and time data as a cart is launched by a spring and slowed by friction.
  • Analyze the position vs. time and velocity vs. time graphs.
  • Investigate the effect of varying the friction on the velocity of the cart.

Sensors and Equipment

This experiment features the following Vernier sensors and equipment.

Additional Requirements

You may also need an interface and software for data collection. What do I need for data collection?

Advanced Physics with Vernier — Mechanics

See other experiments from the lab book.

1Motion on an Incline
2Error Analysis
3Newton's First Law
4Newton's Second Law
5Newton's Third Law
6Projectile Motion
7Energy Storage and Transfer: Elastic Energy
8Energy Storage and Transfer: Kinetic Energy
9Energy Storage and Transfer: Gravitational Energy
10AImpulse and Momentum (Motion Detector)
10BImpulse and Momentum (Photogate)
11AMomentum and Collisions (Motion Detectors)
11BMomentum and Collisions (Photogates)
12ACentripetal Acceleration
12BCentripetal Acceleration
13Rotational Dynamics
14Conservation of Angular Momentum
15Simple Harmonic Motion: Mathematical Model
16Simple Harmonic Motion: Kinematics and Dynamics
17Pendulum Periods
18Physical Pendulum
19Center of Mass

Experiment 3 from Advanced Physics with Vernier — Mechanics Lab Book

<i>Advanced Physics with Vernier — Mechanics</i> book cover

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