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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.

Option 1

Option 2

Option 3

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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