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A Speedy Slide

Figure from experiment 38 from Middle School Science with Vernier

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.

Sensors and Equipment

This experiment features the following Vernier sensors and equipment.

Option 1

Option 2

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 38 from Middle School Science with Vernier Lab Book

<em>Middle School Science with Vernier</em> book cover

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