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Speeding Up

Figure from experiment 34 from Middle School Science with Vernier


You may have noticed that an object rolling down a hill starts out slowly and then speeds up. In this activity, you will measure the maximum speed of the cart as it rolls down a ramp from different starting positions. You will use a Motion Detector to measure the speed of the cart.


  • Measure velocity using a Motion Detector.
  • Calculate average velocities.
  • Determine the relationship between velocity and release point.

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?

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Experiment 34 from Middle School Science with Vernier Lab Book

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