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Ramps as Machines

Figure from experiment 4 from Exploring Motion and Force with Go Direct® Sensor Cart

Introduction

A ramp (also known as an inclined plane) is a slanted surface used to raise or lower objects. The sloping floor of a theater, a road over a mountain, and a ramp into a building are examples of ramps. In this experiment, you will use the force sensor built into a Sensor Cart to measure the force needed to lift an object and the force needed to pull the same object up a ramp. You will then calculate and compare work done in raising the object to the same height by lifting it and pulling it up a ramp.

Objectives

  • Measure force.
  • Compare forces.
  • Calculate work and efficiency.
  • Make conclusions using the results of the experiment.

Sensors and Equipment

This experiment features the following Vernier sensors and equipment.

Option 1

Option 2

Additional Requirements

Graphical Analysis 4

Exploring Motion and Force with Go Direct® Sensor Cart

See other experiments from the lab book.

1Investigating Friction
2Levers as Machines
3Pulleys as Machines
4Ramps as Machines
5Getting Faster
6Crash Test
7Newton's Second Law

Experiment 4 from Exploring Motion and Force with Go Direct® Sensor Cart Lab Book

Exploring Motion and Force with Go Direct<sup>®</sup> Sensor Cart book cover

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